Mosaic

Old Cape Henlopen Lighthouse


Old Cape Henlopen Lighthouse

Old Cape Henlopen Lighthouse    Old Cape Henlopen Lighthouse
This is an original acrylic painting of the old cape henlopen lighthouse, which used to stand on the delaware bay in lewes, delaware, until erosion and storm damage caused it to tumble into the sea in 1926. The painting is framed by a pattern of tiny seashells in the tradition of a sailor's valentine. Each tiny shell is hand-selected and carefully glued into place using tweezers and toothpicks, requiring hours of painstaking attention to detail to create a uniform design. These works of art were typically brought home as a gift for the sailor's loved one and often featured messages of love or remembrance as part of the design; hence, they became known as sailor's valentines. Traditionally, a sailor's valentine is created in a wooden octagon-shaped box with a glass front. The centers included images created from paintings, embroidery, or intricate shell pictures and/or words. Shell flowers and patterns surrounded the center design to create a beautifully intricate mosaic. This item is made of seashells.
Old Cape Henlopen Lighthouse    Old Cape Henlopen Lighthouse