Back to the Beach

After spending several cold days in Colorado, we’re back in South Carolina, near Folly Beach, where we take a walk nearly every day:

Sunset on Folly Beach
Sunset on Folly Beach
Sunny Afternoon on Folly Beach
Afternoon on Folly Beach

← Some days it’s sunny and warmish (or at least compared to what we’re used to in January in Colorado).




Some days, it’s windy and colder than it looks. ↓


Either way, though, this place — or maybe this journey as a whole — continues to spark creativity in me. No worries. I’m not quitting my day job, but I am having fun.

Shell Ornaments EnhancedFor example, while Chelsea was here, we visited the downtown market and found clear glass Christmas ornaments with sand and tiny shells inside. We both liked them, but I would have preferred them without the touristy painted palm tree and “Charleston, SC” on them, so I decided to make my own with shells we’ve found. I think I’m going to tie raffia on top, but here they are so far.  Kind of fun and beachy, non? →

Also, I continue to be both awed and inspired by the work of Mary Whyte. Do check out her website, if you haven’t already. She does absolutely stunning work that I had thought was only possible with oils. I’ve read two of her books in the past few weeks, and a couple of days ago decided to try painting a portrait in watercolor.

Brother-in-law: Doug
Brother-in-law: Doug

I chose to paint from this photo, which you already saw in the post Lake Life, because I liked the whole blue and gold thing going on, and especially the play of light on his hair and his sleeve, which, okay, I haven’t completely succeeded in capturing, but oh, well. Now I’m going to blather on until I’ve written enough that the picture of the painting is FAR, FAR AWAY from the photo, so you’ll have more trouble comparing the two. Blah, blah, blah . . . . blah, blah, blah . . . . And here’s a tip: Don’t think “painting of photo” think “inspired by photo” and it looks better.

As it turns out, though, it must be semi-recognizable, because David had gone to bed while I was painting and woke up to discover, “after all his sacrifices making this journey happen” . . . blah, blah, blah . . . , I had chosen to paint a portrait of his brother rather than him! He’s been pretending to complain ever since. (We know he’s kidding.) Doug, on the other hand, credits the Muses with great wisdom.

So, now, remove your glasses and back far away from your computer or cell phone or whatever device you’re using to read this post. (Trust me, it looks much better slightly blurry.) Here finally, as promised way back in France, one of my watercolors, which  happens to be my very first watercolor portrait ever–well, since kindergarten, anyway–so be kind!IMG_6902

Ta-da! Was that thrilling or what?

Okay, I’ll be serious now. For me, once Christmas is over, winter can be just plain hard and rather tedious, waiting for signs of spring and rejuvenation. Although it’s a little easier here, where it’s not generally cold and grey, maybe it is dreary where you are. If so, I wish for you inspiration and creativity to bring light and life and fun to those short mid-winter days. If, on the other hand, you love winter, please tell me what you love about it. I’ve made some progress this year with appreciating wind and even enjoying rainy days, so anything’s possible!

A few more thoughts on creativity:

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.   ∼ Yo-Yo Ma

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ∼ Sophia Loren




8 thoughts on “Back to the Beach”

  1. Wow mom that portrait is really good! I am serious, very impressive. I will definitely send you a couple papa photos to paint, so you don’t ruin your marriage. 😉 The ornaments also look fabulous! Finally, I love snowboarding in Winter and I love that people in DC are such wimps that work/school is cancelled about once a week!

  2. Way impressed with your painting! So glad you posted it! I’m slightly jealous of your beach walks, and as for winter…not my favorite season , but last year with the kids we learned so many incredible things about God’s design and plan, that I have a much great appreciation for it. His creativity and intentionality really is quite amazing. Sometime, as me about the “blanket of snow” you might find yourself dazzled too! Have a great week!

  3. The part I love most about winter, is knowing that my favorite season is just around the corner!…….and I second Pascale’s opinion of your “aquarelle”……which I hope means “portrait”…..never seen that word (will look it up later)……but it’s EXCELLENT!…just sayin…
    And the ornaments, great use of shells!…..and useful too! Quelle artiste!

    1. Actually “aquarelle” means “watercolor” but you got the gist, which is the important part in understanding another language. Thanks for the compliments! And you’re right, spring is not too-o-o-o far away.

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