Happy Mother’s Day!

I have been taking a little break from dive, dive, diving and have been studying “Surface Pattern Design”.  Learning Adobe Illustrator and repeat patterns.  Math!  As part of my homework, I read “Share your work”-Austin Kleon and “Big Magic”- Elisabeth Gilbert. Both resonated with me so I will share.

In my Surface Design course, The month of May challenge is to design something inspired by someone in your life. 

Perfect timing as it is Mother’s Day! Gilbert asks in her book, where does your creativity come from?  For me, my Mom. She was a teacher, a florist, an entrepreneur with a home interior business back in the day.  She sewed, she cooked, she hung her own wallpaper and she took us camping in the pop-up dad made.  Growing up on a farm she just figured out how to do things. She made sure we had a horse and learned how to swim. She threw epic parties, is a great entertainer and still enjoys getting people together.  My mom is a creative, a maker, an inspiration.

My watercolour design “Coral Reef” inspired by my mom.  

Coral Reef

For my non-scuba pals, a little Coral Reef 101: The coral polyps that build the reef survive by forming a symbiotic relationship with microscopic algae called zooxanthellae. The polyps offer the algae shelter while the zooxanthellae create energy—through photosynthesis—that the corals use as food. In a sense, the coral polyps are “farming” the algae. *

The center of the design represents the home and where the heart is.  The core serves as the foundation and the outreaching “branches” both launch and protect her “children”. There is nothing more comforting than a mother’s arms. On top, a crown……just because. Happy Mom’s Day!

“By The Seashore”
Strong Women
Know them
Be them
Raise them
Strong Women – Pencil pouch


*Surface Design Bonnie Christine

*Coral Reef Alliance

  • © 2019 Shelly Craig

all rights reserved

Lessons from the Mat.

View from the “Yoga Terrace” at Spice.


We have a gentle and encouraging Yoga instructor.  Her lessons serve us well on and off the mat.

1) Find your balance

2) Breathe

3) Be in the moment

4) Create space

5) Nice and stay

6) Be aware

7) Expand

8) Feel the sensation

9) Don’t judge

10) Just let go


“Namaste” What does it mean?

The gesture (a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest) and word is used mainly throughout India, Nepal, and parts of Asia.  We use it in Yoga class.

It is a respectful way of greeting hello and saying goodbye.

It can also translate to:

“I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.”

“I honor the place in you of light, of love, of truth, and peace.”

(Yeah, that one word means a whole lot, but it’s a great saying none the less.)

Namaste my friend. Namaste

Let’s Flamingle!

The holidays are coming! Birds of a feather flock together.

Cocktails and Mocktails!  Mix up a pitcher and shake your tail-feathers!

“Pink Flamingo” drink Recipe: 

Pink lemonade with a splash of soda.

Garnish with lemons, limes or strawberries over ice.

With or without Vodka. 

Cheers….and a little more art making!

Flamingo watercolor

Watercolour flamingos by; S.Craig

Fun Facts about Jellyfish

Jellyfish watercolour and ink

Fun Facts:

Some jellyfish are bigger than a human and others are as small as a pinhead.

People in some countries eat jellyfish.

Jellyfish have been on Earth for millions of years, even before dinosaurs.

Jellyfish have no brain but some kinds have eyes.

Jellyfish are mainly made up of water and protein.

A group of jellyfish is called a smack or bloom.

Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea.

Sources: National Geographic, Smithsonian

Art rendering: by S. Craig

Lionfish Hunter


The first Lionfish was spotted on Bonaire in October, 2009.  They reproduce rapidly and aggressively prey on small fish and invertebrates.  The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal. Their feeding consumption poses a major threat to reef ecological systems all throughout the Caribbean.

Jim Morris, “The Lion Fish Guy,” says it’s our fault. Pretty, frilly fins made the fish a favored pet and lured aquarists and aquarium dealers into a false sense of security. We simply didn’t see how dangerous these charismatic fish were—dangerous not for their venom, but for their beauty. We have trouble killing beautiful things, so instead we choose to release them into the wild, believing somehow that this is a better option when, in actuality, it’s the worst thing we can do.”  (Slate News-Christie Wilcox)

Native to the Indio-Pacific, it is now believed aquarium owners first dumped lionfish off the coast of Florida in the mid-1980s. Since the fish don’t have any natural predators here, they have the chance to multiply quickly, overtaking and killing native species, which results in a huge danger for the local environment and aquatic life on Bonaire. 

The current management philosophy is to kill ‘em and eat ‘em. 

It is legal to hunt lionfish on Bonaire through a dive operator but only when using marine park authorized spears. The Lionfish Hunter Specialty consists of a knowledge development session, practice using the hunting tools and two training dives actually hunting lionfish. You will receive a PADI Lion Fish Hunter specialty card recognized by STINAPA Bonaire (National Park Foundation Bonaire) and you will contribute to keeping our reefs healthy.

To further educate and eradicate these predators STINAPA Bonaire has organized events such as the “Malicious & Delicious Derby” to spotlight the problem and encourage the removal of the invasive lionfish.

National Geographic /Ocean service.noaa.gov/STINAPA Bonaire/Slate News

“Vitamin Sea” coursework project  “Jane Davenport Art School” http://www.janedavenport.com

Art Image:  S. Craig, Watercolor and ink

Are Mermaids Real?


In Old English, “mer” means “sea,” and “maid” simply meant woman.

Mermaids are therefore “women of the sea.”  

Legends of mermaids may be ancient, but they are still present in many forms; their images can be found in films, books, movies and even Starbucks.

Enjoy my Top Ten List of Mermaid’s in Movies:

  1. Miranda (1948) Iconic
  2. Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) Midlife Crisis
  3. Aquamarine (2006) Nod to Jane Davenport
  4. Magic Island (1995)
  5. Hook (1991) Best adaptation of Peter Pan
  6. Ponyo (2009 — USA release) Disney-Miyazaki film
  7. Night Tide (1961) Murders
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Sirens
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Scary Mermaids
  10. Splash (1984) Haha, you didn’t think I would forget this one did you?

“Vitamin Sea” coursework project “Jane Davenport Art School” http://www.janedavenport.com

Art Image:  S. Craig, Daniel Smith watercolor paint and Jane’s Epic Pen.

Back to School

Marie Plankontette

“Marie Planktonette”

Art School that is, with the famous Jane Davenport. Online classes and live workshops. I took the plunge, gathered my art supplies, sharpened my pencils and went back to school.  

About my instructor:

Jane Davenport is a professional Artist prize-winning Author and international workshop leader. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in media as widely varied as the Wall Street Journal to Feature Films such as ‘Aquamarine’.   http://www.janedavenport.com

Oh!  And! She is from the big Island-Continent of Australia and has a gorgeous accent.

Art image is “Jane inspired” homework from my journal created during her course “Vitamin Sea”.

Let them eat crab cake, off with her head and all that.  Very fun!

Art Image:  S. Craig,  Watercolor sprays and pastels