Friday, November 16, 2012

Stone Crab Claw

Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
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Here it is--my first stone crab claw painting.  Being an East Coast girl, I am used to eating Maryland blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay.  In fact, I can pick crabs with the best of them.  Stone crabs, though, are not Maryland blues.  Only the claw meat is eaten--assuming you can get to it.... 
We are not talking about gently hammering at the claw with a wooden mallet or using a lobster/crab/nut cracker device.  NOOOOOOOOOOOO.  They have to be whacked with the blunt end of a cleaver--which can be disturbing to the uninitiated. Half the time, claw manages to slip from my grip and land on the floor.  The rest of the time, I end up pulverizing the meat with shattered shell shards.
Let's just say, it is easier to paint a stone crab claw than to eat it.  Instead of singing the blues, I'll just eat them instead.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stone Crab Claw - In Progress

Clearly, I have shellfish on my mind! I began this 10x10 stone crab claw painting yesterday; hopefully, the final details (and a little story) will be added tomorrow or Friday.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mussels No. 2

Another delicacy from the sea....  These are difficult to obtain here in Central Texas.  I occassionally spend big bucks to buy a bag from our monopolizing grocery store in Georgetown; unfortunately, there is always a death rate of 50% or higher.  Those odds aren't worth the cost. Let's not even discuss the frozen options!  Thus, I must live with my memories of the East Coast and the shells I saved from shellfish feasts gone bye....

Friday, November 9, 2012

Clam Shell No. 4

Friday, November 9, 2012


Imagine digging for clams in the surf with your tootsies; then prying them open with your handy dandy knife to enjoy the salty, delectable morsel within. In memory of clams on the half shell!