Sunday, August 26, 2012

Little Blue Cottage...Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Here is the little blue companion cottage I painted this year from our wonderful week of painting in Indian Rocks Beach.  These little cottages are all strung out together with parking in the front and they're on a little side street opening...unseen from the main street...we just happened to stumble upon them last year and were determined to paint them again.  Now there's another waiting in the wings...and it has a name...Key Lime Cottage.  Of course I'll get that one painted also as key lime pie is my very favorite and that little cottage has my name written all over it.  Didn't get the demos of the crystal and silver finished, but they did do a video of can find it on YouTube.  The one from last year is listed as "glass" and this year's is listed under my name with "crystal" for one and "silver" for the other.  It was so much fun, and we got out of there in enough time to miss Hurricane Isaac. 

A friend from California and I drove from Florida to New Orleans and spent a few days there...she caught the train home...I caught the plane home.  Got lots of wonderful photos of the FrenchQuarter, very interesting casual photos of people, the wonderful architecture of NewOrleans, some of the local scenes...and left some money at the local casino...that part wasn't much fun, but it did add to a wonderful vacation of play and painting.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Airport Greeting...Flowers...Love It.

Not everybody gets flowers upon arrival in an airport...lucky condo roomie, Judy Buckingham from Oregon greeted me with these gorgeous red glads.  What a wonderful surprise...and what a wonderful week we had painting with our Painting Friends forum artists.  I'll post some photos when I get some resized, but couldn't resist showing my flowers.  When we got to the condo, a guy was finishing up the cleaning duties and nearly scared the begeebies out of us when we opened the door, but was nice enough to take this shot for us. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beach Cottage...Indian Rocks Beach

It's been a few weeks since I've posted and it's not that I've been sitting on the couch eating bonbon's...that's for sure.  I'm getting ready to leave next Saturday for a wonderful week of friendship renewing and painting with my friends from PaintingFriends forum...and it can't come soon enough.  This little pink beach cottage is just one of a whole row that we found during our trip last summer.  We loved the area that we're going back to the same place. 

Florida is hot...but in Texas.  At least we'll have the sugar sand of the Gulf of Mexico to walk on rather than the crunchy brown grass we have here right now...and you can always count on a breeze on the Gulf.  I'm actually working on a little blue cottage to paint while there and may even paint a little Key Lime Cottage (as yummy key lime pie that's my absolute favorite) in greens.  We'll definitely do another little sidebar and take some more photos...they're l940-50 vintage cottages and we need to get them down in paint before they're gone...maybe won't be any time soon hopefully.