January 31 is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

The artist strategically placed the shells on the branches of the bush skeleton above. A piece of the exoskeleton of a horseshoe crab was also used.

January 31 is Inspire Your Heart With Art Day.  Art should evoke emotions, hopefully, pleasurable ones.  There are many kinds of art.  My book illustrators are all great visual and/or digital artists. The editor/manager of my websites, Pamela Bickell, is a creative collage artist, as well.

Other artists create sculptures and three-dimensional works. Every once in a while, I stumble across something fantastic in nature.

Today I want to feature and very unusual piece of art I came across on Bunche Beach in Fort Myers, FL. Most people appreciate a beautiful intact seashell. Most people also appreciate healthy green vegetation. Yet, few of us would see the art in a dead bush and bleached broken shells that this artist did.  Most of the shells had holes in them, the result of the predators who ended the mollusks’ lives.

close up of shell art on dried branches
This did inspire my heart!

While not everyone would see the beauty here, I appreciate it as an unusual but lovely work of art. It did bring joy to my heart.

I hope you make or find some art this weekend that brings joy to your heart, too.

Book Note: I truly appreciate my book illustrators, who have added so much to the words I write.

Arthur F. Winstanley

a pink book cover with an illustration of a green curly-tail iguana riding in the ocean in a red sneaker

Anderson Atlas

book cover illustration with two lizards

Nicholas Thorpe

a book cover about Tabby the five finger fairy and Cleo a bahamian boa

Jessica Minns

a blue and white children's book cover with curly-tail lizards illustrated

Simone Scott

image of book cover of a brown booby bird in cayman brac

Monique Carroll

book cover about seeds finding a place to sprout

Haley Gray

book cover of catfish

Jacqueline Klene

image of book cover with catfish and museum

Tabby Sure Has My Attention! How About Yours? by Curtis Curly-tail

I like to think of author Elaine A. Powers’s You Tube channel as MY channel. It does, after all, say at the top of the page, “Curtis Curly-tail Speaks!”

But, I’m like, “Whoo, hoo! Look at that girl go!” I mean, have you seen and heard Tabby the Five-Finger Fairy on You Tube?

I’d read her books, of course–but I think I’m in love! Click the picture and see for yourself!

And remember, I’m here in The Bahamas with Tabby and you’re really far away! While I’m working on the girl, please check out her new video–and her books so important for The Bahamas!

Thanks from all your Bahamian Friends!

a book cover about Tabby the five finger fairy and Cleo a bahamian boa
Tabby, the Five-Finger Fairy, who comes from the Five-Finger Tree, Tabebuia bahamensis, loves the native plants, animals and people of The Bahamas. She makes friends wherever she goes!
A brown book cover with illustrations of bahamian boa snakes
Tabby, the Five-Finger Fairy, is a good friend to everyone she meets. After Cleo, a Bahamian Boa, rescues her in their first book, Tabby & Cleo: Unexpected Friends, Tabby tells us about the natural history of the often misunderstood endemic Bahamian Boas, which have an important place in Bahamian life.