Finding Art on the Beach

May 10, 2009 by Lisa Newton

When I recently took a trip to the beach, I was amazed to find the wide variety of nature which presented itself. The ebb and flow of the beach’s water and waves creates a perpetual motion that hits nature right between the eyes, which then nature turns into art.

What do you see when you look down at the sand and seashore?

You’ll probably see your feet, but if you look a little harder, you might be surprised. I know I was.

Each of these photos was taken just as I found it; just waiting for me to come along with my camera.

I hope you enjoy the Art on the Beach as much as I did:

Draw Lines in the Sand


Black Seaweed


Nature's Wokders


Small Wonders

(To give you an idea of the actual size of this, I measured this little guy, 3in by 1.5in.)


Sand, Seaweed, and Pink

Like all great paintings and art, you typically always see a new facet of meaning and design aesthetic, you didn’t see the previous time. And each time I look at these pictures, I always discover a new texture, color, sea-shell, or grain of sand I didn’t see before. Now I’m convinced that I don’t have to go to an art museum or gallery to view art:

I can always find it in my own backyard while Travelin’ Local.

I know that many of my readers create their own art:

From the thought provoking and painstaking photography of Kevin, Travis, to Diane C, Lisa, Kim, and Henie, to the literary creative musings of Lance, Paisley, and Urban Panther.

What about you, do you have any art plans this weekend? What art lives in your backyard?

For me, art screams at me every day here at Travelin’ Local, and there’s never enough time to etch my prose and pictures of the many splendorous places I go and things I do; but little by little, what started off as a tiny hobby of mine called Travelin’ Local, is quickly turning into my life’s passion and work.

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15 Responses to “Finding Art on the Beach”

  1. Mike Goad says:

    Nice! I like those kind of photos.

    We are in Virginia Beach today and are planning to go down to the boardwalk area. Perhaps I’ll be able to get some photos of found stuff on the beach.

    Mike Goad’s last blog post..Traveling in Tennessee, Virginia and Wednesday Weigh In


  2. Diane C. says:

    These images are awesome and inspiring. I could look at them all day, and still find them fascinating. Now I do wish that I had looked a little more carefully at the seashore when I used to go to the beach. But nature’s paintings, collages, and sculptures really are everywhere, even in the desert. I’m going outside now…

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Peaceful Perchers


  3. David says:

    I’d like to buy all 5 as they would look art gallery perfect for my dining room.

    I’ll email you to request sizes and prices.

    You’ve outdone yourself again, Lisa, as if that were possible.


  4. Patricia says:

    I love exploring on the beach even on rainy days. Your pictures are so wonderful…I am attempting to express my joy in flowers tomorrow’s post and I know my IT person will say they are too shaky and blurry…no art here, but lots of joy.
    Thank you for sharing

    Patricia’s last blog post..Lightening Up the Mother Load


  5. Urban Panther says:

    Let’s see … this weekend I artfully did all the laundry, vacuumed the house from top to bottom, and cleaned the bathrooms. *grin*

    Okay, wait, at 11 p.m., while I should have been sleeping, I formulated a story, and Sunday morning I wrote it. Now if my creative musings would stop keeping me awake at night!

    I find that as soon as I put a camera in my hand, I view the world differently. Like you, I see vignettes of art. It’s a pretty cool way to view the world.

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..Old fool


  6. LisaNewton says:

    @ Mike Thank you. Good luck with the photos at Virginia Beach. I hope you’re able to find great shots there.

    @ Diane I look forward to seeing what you find in the desert. I’m sure it will be as inspiring as I found here in Malibu………….:)

    @ David I look forward to receiving your email. I haven’t sold any of my “art” yet, but I definitely look forward to doing that.

    @ Patricia Art is in the eye of the beholder. I’m sure your art is great. I can hardly wait to see it.

    @ Urban Panther I love viewing the world in a different way. That’s what makes life interesting. Laundry, bathrooms, and vacuuming are all great ways to spend a day. Not the photogenic, but always necessary…………..:)


  7. Paisley (Paisley Thoughts) says:

    The pics are just too beautiful for words (and this is coming from a writer of sorts). Being able to see art in nature is a gift. You’ve captured such a sense of honesty. Now this writer is going to zip it – pics are lovely.

    Paisley (Paisley Thoughts)’s last blog post..I Started Out In Web Writing Sweatshops


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  9. LisaNewton says:

    @ Paisley Thank you. I’m not sure it’s a gift, but it is something I truly enjoy. Oh, and I love reading your writing.


  10. Lisa's Chaos says:

    These are great! Art indeed!! :)

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..A Gummy Macro Monday


  11. Kevin says:

    Thanks for some more inspirational images from your part of the world. I love all the subtle colours that are in the images.

    Thanks also for the link to my photos, I love it when others find my work inspirational and thought provoking. This is what photography is all about!

    Kevin’s last blog post..The Lowly Dandelion


  12. LisaNewton says:

    @ Lisa’s Chaos Thanks…………:)

    @ Kevin I totally agree. Photography is a great way to share inspiration and thoughts. I find new ones each time I visit your site.


  13. D. Travis North says:

    Ooo…looks to me like you’re heading down the road of Close-Up Photography. You ought to check out Bryan Peterson’s book, Understanding Close-Up Photography. Lots of great examples of work along the lines of the shots you’ve posted here.

    Great shots though…I love that you’re really getting into your groove photographically.

    D. Travis North’s last blog post..Reader Appreciation Links


  14. LisaNewton says:

    @ D. Travis North Thank you so much. That means a lot coming from a skilled photographer such as yourself. And thanks for the book suggestion. I’ll check it out………….:)


  15. Kim says:

    Lisa..these really are pieces of art.. I especially love the color in the last shot..

    Kim’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – My Little Performer


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