Snails & Salamanders
Keeping a sketchbook of motifs for my personal Motif Sampler. I love small snails and salamanders. I’ve been sketching them of late, especially the snails.
Why snails? I can relate to their need to withdraw into the safety and comfort of their shells. I can relate to their slowness. They are the anti-rabbit of the garden, seeming more about the journey than the destination. There is something endearing about the very shape of them, echoing, in small, the celtic spirals which signify eternity.
Why salamanders? Tiny surprises of the garden. Beautifully formed and colored, their magical quickness never strikes me as haste. They point to the myriad other worlds beneath the leaves, and the benefits of looking deeper.