Banded Tulip with Dog Whelks

Banded Tulip internet

Dog whelks are found in the inter tidal zone, the area of the shore covered and exposed by tides.  They live all around the coasts wherever there are barnacles, oysters, or mussels. The banded tulip is also a sea snail.  In England, whelks are considered tasty and very popular.  An average whelk has 137 calories, 24g of protein,, .34g of fat and 8g of carbohydrates.  (Not for me–I’ll stick with peanut butter and crackers!)  For more information about this painting, click here.

Barnicles, Tiger Cowrie Murex & Scallop

Barnicles, Tiger Cowie, Murex, Scallop internet

More seashells!   I love the brown, rust, white and tans of these different shells.  This is an 8 x 8 canvas panel.  Cowrie shells have an interesting history.  For hundreds of years they were used as money in parts of Africa.  Slave traders used cowrie shells to trade for human slaves.  In the 1680’s, a slave cost 10,000 shells.  In 1770 the cost for an adult male slave was 150,000 cowrie shells. For more information about this painting, click here.

Atlantic Ribbed Mussels

Atlantic Ribbed Mussels 2.1.2020-006 (Large)

The Atlantic Ribbed Mussell (Geukensia Demissa) is featured in this painting.  Mussels have been killed by an alien species, zebra mussels, which were brought to the United States from Eastern Europe.  The zebra mussels killed our native mussels by holding their shells closed to stop them from taking in oxygen and food.  Mussel murder???  For more information about this painting, click  here. 

 

Soft Shell Clam (mya arenaria)

Mya Arenaria clam 2.2.2020-005 (Medium)

This is a small 5 x 7 inch painting of the soft shell clam that is native to both coasts of the United States.  It is a bivalve.  Fossils of bivalves have been found in rocks from the early Cambrian period–about 500 million years ago.  That was 300 million years before dinosaurs!  For more information on this painting, click here.

Clam (Northern Quahog)

Northern Quahog clam 2.1.2020-004 (Medium)

Clams are mollusks and range widely in size and weight.  The smallest clam can be as small as 0.2 inches in length while the largest clam ever found weighed 550 pounds.  Giant clams can be over 4 feet long.   For more information about this painting, click here.

Scallop

Scallop 2.1.2020-003 (Medium)

This is the sea shell of a Scallop (aequipecten glyptus) painted on a 5 x 7 canvas panel.  This painting and six of my other paintings of seashells and my article about these mollusks appeared in the March 2020 edition of The Breeze Magazine of the Lowcountry. For more information about the painting, click here.