As some of you know, we have just returned from a month on a racing trimaran named Triad sailing around the Bahamas. The trimaran was designed by Dick Newick and it’s owner and our captain was Tom Robinson-Cox. We went for an adventure but my ulterior motive was to collect images for our ever-growing library of patterns and textures, not to mention Lena’s murals. Every time we would reach some uninhabited island, I would take the dingy ashore to see what shells or other interesting things I could find to photograph and every time Tom caught a fish, he is quite a predator, I would rush for my camera. The color of the water is impossible and the skies were incredible.
I don’t want to bore you with a lot of blah blah about our trip but I do want to show you the images I have processed so far and tell you what can be done with the resulting giclée wallpapers. I think this should be called the biophilia collection, a term coined by E.O.Wilson to describe man's need to connect with nature. Thanks for reminding me of that, Mark.
|This detail of a pattern created from a photograph of the gill scales on a Mackerel. Each of these detail images represents an 11 x 8.5 inch piece of wallpaper.|
|Up close on the Celestial Margate (BA1086) wallpaper, you can see the scales through the translucent fin and bubbles, giving it a confection like appearance .|
|I have not processed this photo yet to see if it will make an interesting wallpaper but there are so many I need to get to.|
|I did not expect to make a pattern with this photo of Sea Biscuits but Lena loved it so much, I went ahead. It could be layered like I did with the Sea Urchin wallpaper (from an earlier post). The Sea Urchin was sent to me by a friend in Maine last year. She collected it on the beach of North Haven Island & wondered if I could do anything with it. YESSSS!|
|These Urchins can be 24" across on your wall!|
|The Sea Biscuit was still dirty from sitting on the beach, which Lena thought added character to it.|
A detail of some interesting coral I found on a sand bar at Hogsty Reef, a coral atoll which rises from 6000 foot waters
|And finally the impossible blue of the sea in the Bahamas. I am in the process of creating a seamless wall of water. Stay tuned for that.|
In the next post I have some "modern art" wallpapers. Thanks for your interest, Doug