EmaBee Inspiration: Textures II

there were chunks of clay everywhere - I just added water and I could have made some pottery if I had a kiln!

there were chunks of clay everywhere – I just added water and I could have made some pottery if I had a kiln!


I went to Calvert Cliffs State Park in Maryland this past weekend. It really was beautiful – sunny and unseasonably warm. The beach was very interesting – it had lots of iron ore and clay. The area beneath the cliffs was closed off because of landslides falling onto the beach, but that was just an invitation to explore!

There were so many chunks of smooth clay – it looked as though the cliffs were mostly made from clay – some of it traditional grey colored, some bright orange from the iron, and some dark grey-black, perhaps from petroleum.

I really noticed a lot of the textures out in nature. And I mean textures in the tactile sense, but also visually. That’s something I was thinking about. Textures that you can feel are something I am drawn to, but also visual textures like contrast also draw me in. Like contrasts between black and white, but also colors. Something can be 2-D but have visual texture.

Here are some great textures from my trip to Calvert Cliffs:

A tree that had fallen over along the shore - big enough to not be washed away, but close enough that the wood had turned white and was worn to look like drift wood

A tree that had fallen over along the shore – big enough to not be washed away, but close enough that the wood had turned white and was worn to look like drift wood

clay with stripes of different colors

clay with stripes of different colors

shell with fossils of other shells on it

shell with fossils of other shells on it

Drift wood knots and swirls

Drift wood knots and swirls

stones and shells and rocks and chunks of crumbly clay and seaweed - detritus of the bay!

stones and shells and rocks and chunks of crumbly clay and seaweed – detritus of the bay!

chunk of iron ore - it was all over the beach, and probably making some of the clay orange colored

chunk of iron ore – it was all over the beach, and probably making some of the clay orange colored

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