Using natural beach stones, pebbles and driftwood in my art, before long I learned an odd thing: Each little section of beach is special. One area is great for large, smooth rounded stones but hopeless for driftwood or small pebbles. Another is wonderful for driftwood, but has no smooth stones. And yet another area is loaded with beautiful small rounded pebbles, but has no large ones.
So depending on what I intend to make, I now know I need to go to beach 'A' or 'B' or 'C.' It's funny how different they all are. I hadn't understood that before. Before a beach was a beach was a beach. Now each one is special.
I think when you use natural materials, you see the world a little differently. Where ever I go I look closely at everything~ there just might be something perfect for a new creation.