We took a trip to the panhandle of Florida over Labor Day weekend and the week after; specifically to Pensacola and Grayton Beach. Having grown up (some might argue that) in New Orleans, I spent many weekends and holidays in the Pensacola/Destin/Grayton Beach area and have always loved it and considered it a second home. I finally talked my beloved into going to visit Pensacola as a possible place for us to retire (although that won’t be for at least another 10 years for me, but that’s a different story). He fell in love with Pensacola and we spent some time in the National Park area, where there are no buildings, and certainly no high rises. I took a lot of pictures of the sunrise on the beach at the condo where we stayed, and played around with the photos quite a bit. This is from a photo I took of a sand dune just after sunrise. The colors were stunning, just as I remembered. Oh, wait. Most of the time I spent in Pensacola and Destin was when I was in college and high school and I never saw the sunrise. Anyway, here is the finished version. For sale and will be featured at the upcoming event: Alice Through the Looking Glass Ceiling at Grove Haus in Indianapolis, Saturday October 8, 2016 from 4:00-11:00 pm
I paint because I have to. I’m from New Orleans, and creativity seeps into your pores there, much like the humidity. My creative journey started with drawing in grammar school, moved me to the kitchen in middle school, then pushed me to Cozumel Mexico after I woke up, got divorced and realized I needed to see life from a different perspective. I started painting then as part of my creative journey to figure out who I am and to express it in a way that others can appreciate. That inner journey has taken me to many places and creative endeavors since then. I’m a writer, a painter, a chef, a jewelry maker, an amateur clothing designer and interior decorator, and an observer of life. Having discarded the need to please everyone else, these days I have to paint because it’s what makes me happy, nudges me to learn new things, and keeps me from being unbearable to live with. At least I hope so. Thanks for visiting.