Abalone, originally uploaded by apple-pine.
Abalones are protected by the law and there is a limit to 3 per year and only a free diver can gather them I believe (California).
There were many shells in the house that we rented - most of them had year tags and you could see how shells are loosing their color with time. This one was pretty fresh!
I painted this one outside - sitting on a deck until we ran away to visit botanical garden and left my sketchbook and all supplies outside. Needless to say that while we were gone fog consumed everything - but no damage was done to my stuff ;)
Next day I had great opportunity to finish the shell, sketch trees in the forest and then experience wonderful dusk at the deck!
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