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"Aviles Coquina"

WIP (Work in Process)

Original Dark Roast Watercolor™ painting:
Using Local St. Augustine coffee Roaster:
Jayells Coffee Company - Ancient City Dark Roast


While spending time in St. Augustine, I became fascinated with "Coquina" (See the Wikipedia info below)


It is a interesting natural material... and is used in all sorts of applications around the St. Augustine area; Castillo de San Marcos is built from blocks of it harvested from areas surrounding Anastasia Island, and many sections of the homes and walls lining the streets are made of it.  It was while walking down Aviles Street and doing the sketches for "Corner of Aviles and Cadiz" that I found this exposed section of Coquina.  If you have spent any time researching my bio, you know how much I am drawn to textures... It was "love" at first site... Enjoy!


Coquina (/koʊˈkiːnə/; Spanish: "cockle.") is a sedimentary rock that is composed either wholly or almost entirely of the transported, abraded, and mechanically-sorted fragments of the shells of either mollusks, trilobites, brachiopods, or other invertebrates. The term "coquina" is derived from the Spanish word for cockleshells or shellfish.



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Coffee Painting and textural study of one of the many Coquina walls in the Oldest City, St. Augustine, Florida


"Aviles Coquina"


26" wide x 18" high © Copyright Steven D. Mikel


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