It was imperative for me to get up and out the door by sunrise on the last day of my vacation at the Castaways, Sanibel Island, Fl.   I had figured out by this time that I could collect the best "fighting conch shells" as the early tide receded.  With as much joy as a child runs to and from waves, I dashed in and out of the water plucking up these beautiful fossils...what was once an organic, living, breathing organism now inert except as it was tossed and tumbled by the tide.

My first morning visitors (not including pelicans and terns) were a woman and her dog.   They paid me no heed  because their daily ritual was their own.  From a distance the dog appeared to me to be a golden retriever with a wonderful caramel coat.  I knew I would paint this dog when I returned home as part of my lingering memory.

"Dog on The Beach"

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The collapsed sand castle in this beach scene was an afterthought in my painting.  Actually, I was on Captiva Island when this photo was taken, a short jaunt from my sunny bungalow.  The landscape - ambiance - surrounding me changed heading south, albeit subtly.  There's many more secluded estates on Capitva, and the beach more pristine...in the sense of less seashells crunching under foot. 

So as a final memory after returning home to Tampa, I wanted to paint a quaint beach scene in its perfect simplicity because, while away, my life had become simple, as simple as painting a series of vignettes -  sand castles, if you will - only these won't so easily wash away.  

Collapsed Sand Castle

 

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I've been waiting for two months to take Joanna Karpay's landscape class "Oil Painting With Expression" - and today was the day!  I'm heading to Stone Ridge, New York soon to visit an old friend, so my focus was to paint the vibrancy of fall in the hopes that I can apply what I learned up there in some of my free time.  

I worked on two paintings today - this being the first - and the one brought to the highest completion.  Not being a landscape painter per se, I needed help in learning to distill the scene for the greatest impact.  This painting was actually a compilation of a couple photos I had.   What I wanted was a cacophony of  rich reds and oranges - peak season, if you will.  What I arranged was a large cart of pumpkins as the main focal point (a compelling part of my original photo) with the addition of a tree pulsating with the same vibrant color.  As you can see, I pushed the middle ground back to create depth and atmosphere.

I will go back into the painting tomorrow to bring more definition to the pumpkins...and we shall see where it ends.  Thanks for stopping by!

Pumpkin Cart