I am obsessed with snails! Meet Minkus, my first watercolor of one.
Skeptical? This about sums it up:
“How interesting can a snail be? Entirely captivating, as it turns out. [Bailey] is a marvelous writer, and the marriage of science and poetic mysticism that characterizes this small volume is magical.”
I triple dog dare you to read this and not fall in love with snails, and look at them in a totally different light. I can guarantee you will find me on my hands and knees in the dirt come spring, looking for one to observe. I WILL find a real Minkus!
I want to mention that this was the first continuous line drawing I’ve done. It is thanks to Watercolor Artist Nora McPhail that I thought to try this. She does amazing work, and much of it is done in this manner. Pay Nora a visit and see what I’m talking about. I thought perhaps it would take the focus off drawing something perfectly, which is something I struggle with anyway, and I was genuinely surprised how cute Minkus turned out. He actually has personality. Hmmm. Maybe a breakthrough for me?
Slug hugs, Margie
P.S. to my best girl, Betsy: Thank you for naming my snail. Minkus is a perfect name for him!