Inspiration is everywhere. Here are some crystals, stones, shells, amber, and glass I've collected over time. These colorful and odd things have always fascinated me, and it reminds me how playful nature is. Also there's a great deal of memories attached to each pice, what age I was, with whom I found it, and what state of mind I was in. A whole series of pictures plays before my eyes as I look through my treasure chest. How wonderful is it, that lived experience can be manifested in this way. And now they may be useful to me again when I study color and texture to help improve my illustrations.