Calico crab

Sanibel Beach is known for an abundance of shells, but when I walk in the morning, especially if it’s low tide, I come upon other things that are of interest for sketching. Today it was starfish. Yesterday it was spotted Calico crabs. They were all over the place, both live and dead specimens. We directed the live ones back into the waves, but the deceased one came back to my spot on the beach with me and got added to my beach still life. Sketched in a Handbook watercolour journal, 8″ x 8″.

9 Comments on “Calico crab”

  1. Jann Gumbiner says:

    Wow! Beautiful! I love your narratives too…like a travelogue. Thanks.


  2. karim waked says:


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  3. Bernadette says:

    What a great way to capture a memory! Beautifully done.


  4. patjoans says:

    I love your loose style.


  5. susie langley says:

    Always love sea shells — have never seen a calico crab!! Thanks.


  6. Nice assortment of shells for your sketch. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a calico crab before…interesting. Enjoy!


  7. Northern Traveller says:

    Wow – so fun! Isn’t it great to see new and/or different animals and wildlife!


  8. I like the indigo tones in this sketch/painting. Typically, I associate shells and items from the beach with warmer tones- like yellows or warm browns.


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