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My Time By The Sea

florida river-side cottage, painting acrylic on canvas

path to the beach

While I am excited to soon be headed back to the ridge, Blue Antler Studio and  the creativity that will inevitably spring from the gatherings with my family and fellow creative kindred spirits; I have immensely enjoyed my time here at the sea’s edge. It has been very rewarding both in creativity and in simple joy.

I’ve painted…

playing at the shore, painting, acrylic on canvas

florida Lake, painting, acrylic on canvas

florida river-side cottage, painting acrylic on canvas

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I’ve been inspired by the endless moods of the Atlantic and its passionate dance with the shore.

dramatic sunrise over the atlantic

dramatic skies over the sea

ominousness skies over the ocean

lightening over the atlantic

blue-green waters of the atlantic

And Hubby and I finally made time to tackle some of the projects we’ve wanted to complete. Beginning with the amazing Brooklyn Flea Market find that we purchased during our last trip to visit our daughter and her hubby in NYC. The moment I spotted the old shoe factory cart, with its warm, worn patina and small industrial wheels, in my mind’s eye it was already sitting in my small beach-side kitchen with beautiful bottles of wine resting on its racks; and now…

vintage, shoe factory rack found at brooklyn flea

 that’s exactly where it resides.

old shoe rack repurposed into wine rack

I think all this creativity is worthy of a toast; umm? which bottle to choose?

shypoke wine, calistoga, CA

Cheers to the sea, the ridge, creativity and simple joy!

 


It’s Just The Way Some Days Go

I’m on another painting retreat by the ocean; after all, I had a wonderfully creative and productive experience during my earlier retreat.  This time however, has been a bit more frustrating. For my first painting I chose to attempt something a little different, but after a few days of struggling to get it right,  I decided to set it aside – let it percolate in my mind for a while.

pelicans on a dock

Pelicans on a dock, acrylic on canvas board (it’s almost right)

 grabbing a fresh canvas I stared a new painting.

guy netting for bait fish

Netting bait-fish, acrylic on canvas (there will eventually be a net in this guy’s hands)

But once again I find myself struggling with the same ole’ frustrations; scale, perspective, color and composition. I guess that’s just the way some days go, so with a beach towel tucked under my arm and a glass of wine in my hand, I’m off to clear my head and refresh my creativity; an easy task with the ocean just fifty-two steps from the door.

fifty-two steps to the water's edge

Fifty-two steps to the water’s edge

I’ll keep you posted.


A Beautiful Day On The Water

hubby at the helm of his silver king flats boat

Hubby and I spent one day this past weekend aboard our flats boat exploring the local waterways. Most of the area is a minimum wake zone, so we slowly motored through channels and among the mangroves, taking pictures and watching for manatee and dolphins.

south causeway nsb fl

The day was beautiful, the sky wide and blue and the water calm. I snapped pictures of the scenery, wildlife and boaters until my memory card was full; they will be great inspiration for future paintings.

boats and sweeet little cottage along intracoastal waterway

At lunch we moored up at a colorful fish camp, turned restaurant, for fish tacos and a margarita.

colorful fish-camp restaurnt ponce inlet fl

 eclectic fish-camp Ponce Inlet FL

water-side fish-camp restaurant ponce inlet fl

creative mason jar fly traps

By mid-day the sandbar near the inlet, known locally as disappearing island because it is exposed only at low tide, was circled by boats nosed up to the sand so picnickers, volleyball players and Frisbee throwers, along with their dogs, could enjoy the temporary island.

disappearing island nsb fl

It was such a wonderful day full of inspiration I wanted to share it with you – I hope you enjoyed the boat ride.


Florida Keys Inspired

pelicans on the docks

Recently, hubby and I decided to take a, spur-of-the-moment, drive down to the Florida Keys. It was a couple of days of tropical drinks, relaxation and inspiration. The unique and beautiful relationship between land, light and water  in the keys is truly inspiring.

 florida keys

pelican

Here is  my first attempt to capture the inspiring beauty of the Florida Keys on canvas

wading in the clear waters of the fl keys

Wading In The Clear Waters Of The Florida Keys, acrylic on canvas


Painting retreat

fishing the pier

For the  past few weeks I have been on a solo painting retreat at the ocean’s edge;  here are the results of my creative efforts.

Storm blowing over Florida wetlands, acrylic on canvas

20×30

Stormy day over Florida wetlands, acrylic on canvas

12×12

Locals fishing off a pier on a Florida river, acrylic on canvas

20×20

Old Florida along the banks of a gulf coast river, acrylic on canvas

18×18


Wild Waters!

Images of Irene stirring things up off the coast of NSB.

atlantic ocean stirried by hurricane

 Dramatic!

wind and waves on central fl coast

Powerful!

crazy surf

 Awe inspiring!

hurricane irene churnning up waves

 Beautiful!

after the storm

Thankful for the miss!


A Trip To The Farmers Market Kicks Off A Wonderful Pre-Wedding Weekend

Cindy flew home for the weekend and what a wonderful weekend it was.  She looks great, she’s eating healthy and working out regularly, not to mention all the walking that comes with being a NY City girl; she’s in the best shape of her life.  While this is a good thing, the inch that has melted away from her already slender waist has made another dress fitting necessary! So everyone please say a little prayer that when she next slips into her lovely gown, a mere four days before the wedding, that it looks and fits perfectly.

On her first morning home we rose early and headed off to the local farmers market.  The day was clear and, as it was early, the temperature was a perfect 75 degrees. We spent the morning wandering through stalls of hand-made and home-grown products. After tasting , squeezing and smelling all manner of veggies, we purchased  tomatoes, the first of the season; baby cucumbers; a bag of mixed greens  from my favorite greens vendor;  fresh-baked farmers bread from the German baker; giant sweet carrots; red onion  and some locally made Gouda.

A collection of hand-woven baskets caught Cindy’s eye, she returned again and again to the booth filled with the free trade products; impressed not only with the lovely baskets but the humanitarian business philosophy.  When we finally headed for home with our sacks full of fresh organics, a beautiful hand-crafted, free trade basket swung from her arm.

The best part of the weekend, not counting catching up over a beautiful bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and the lovely shower hosted by friends of Cindy’s future mother-in-law, was making the bouquet prototype. The all green succulent arrangements are going to be more beautiful than even we imagined.  Cindy is thrilled.

We also worked out the cake design, finalized the menu, walked through the photos she wants taken, decided on the ceremony layout, worked on the veil, picked out the father of the bride’s wedding-wear and practiced our up-does.

So after three frenzied days of wedding planning, wonderful fresh meals eaten under the arbor, a little wine, a little sangria and a little more of Wayne’s amazing orange crushes; it was time for her to leave.  Although we had been very productive, getting much checked off our long list, by the time she turned to wave good bye at the airport, our to-do list and excitement was growing.


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