“To build a simple hut is as much an art as to drink a cup of tea.”
Heinrich Engel, The Japanese House:  A Tradition for Contemporary Architecture

My moon snail carried its house on its back.  I suppose the closest I’ve come to doing the same is living out of a suitcase or backpack when I travel.  Invariably I learn that no matter how lightly I pack, I still carry with me things that I do not wear even once.  There are some important lessons here.

“How little do I need to have everything?”
— Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise

“Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens.  If you have them, you have to take care of them.”
— Peace Pilgrim

Less is more.

Moon Snail Shells # 67 & 68, ink sketches with watercolor washes

Moon Snail Shells # 67 & 68, ink sketches with watercolor washes

Moon Snail Shells # 69, 70 & 71, watercolor sketches

Moon Snail Shells # 69, 70 & 71, watercolor sketches