Driftwood

While walking the beach on vacation, I came across this log in the sand.  Out came the camera as I knew one day I’d do something with the image.

Tonight I was looking for some “not on the to-do list” art play time, so I pulled out the watercolor pencils and the sketchbook.

Driftwood-003I’m sure I’ll be working with that original photo a bit more, in a few different formats.

HA!  I just realized, as a lefty, I was holding the sketchbook in my right hand and the painting is upside down in the book.  Oh well, maybe I’ll start doing that with the remainder of the pages in the book.  One right side up, one upside down…….

Vacation 2009

Every once in a while you have to take a vacation.  Whether it’s a small one, or a big one, whether it’s a vacation at home or a vacation with travel.  Our last vacation was in 2007, so we were overdue for one!  Of course vacations for us almost always include a trip home, just a fact of having moved away.  And I like going home, it gives me fresh inspiration, as well as comfort and family time and the opportunity to visit with good friends, all rolled into one trip!

But instead of boring you with words about this years vacation, I thought I’d share just a few of the 106 pictures I took in the last week (yes, I may have a camera addiction problem!  lol)  And for the sake of those with dial-up connections, these are thumbnails, clickable for a larger view.

I love the trees leading into the complex.
I love the trees leading into the complex.
Sunlight and Shadows
Sunlight and Shadows
Storm clouds passing through
Storm clouds passing through
Quiet spot on the Bay
Quiet spot on the Bay
Across the Bay towards the city
Across the Bay towards the city
Canada geese take over a dock
Canada geese take over a dock
Mom, Mike and Brandi patiently waiting while I take pics!
Mom, Mike and Brandi patiently waiting while I take pics!
Mike and Brandi taking a walk.  This is one of my favorite areas of the shoreline.
Mike and Brandi taking a walk. This is one of my favorite areas of the shoreline.
Almost home!
Almost home!

As always it feels great to go on vacation, it feels great to be on vacation and it feels great to be home after vacation!