To Unpathed Waters…

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“Unpathed Waters”

Made with vintage ephemera (nautical chart, artwork from a 1948 souvenir program, Spanish postage stamp)

Quote is from Winter’s Tale, Act IV, Scene 4 by William Shakespeare

This piece can be seen in person at this weekend’s Brocante Market!

Good Start…

Looking north toward the downtown Sarasota from the approach to the Siesta Key Bridge.
Looking north toward downtown Sarasota from the approach to the Siesta Key Bridge.

Every weekday I get to drive over the north bridge to Siesta Key on my way to my part-time office job. Every day that I drive over this bridge I am grateful. I am always grateful for where I live – I have to thank my parents profusely for having me in Florida and not someplace where the temperature is hovering around freezing right now. But I feel more acutely aware of my gratitude whenever I am near the water. Every single time I drive over this bridge I am blown away by the beauty of this amazing place that is my home… This morning the bridge was up, the tide was out and I was fortunate enough to stop my vehicle in a spot that was perfect to take a quick photo. Pretty good way to start a day…

Bay Front Mystery

rocksFor a while now someone has been creating cool rock formations in my neighborhood. The first creations we saw were next to the sidewalk along the main road that runs through the neighborhood. Then they started showing up in the water at the little bay front park near my house. When the tide is out you can see them really well. But even at high tide you can see the tops of some of them – like natural pieces of art created for anyone passing by to see. Each one looks like it has been well thought out – stacked precisely and with great care…rocks2

I am so intrigued by these rock formations. I wonder who is making them. I am grateful I live in a neighborhood where this would happen. Part of me wants to know: who? what? when? where? why? how? But part of me simply enjoys the mystery of it all…

Favorite Places – New Pass Grill

New Pass Grill is not fancy – the menu is limited, you place your order at the counter and seating is at picnic tables or bar stools outside. But the view is amazing and anytime I have been there, no matter how I was feeling, I instantly felt better. The best table in the house resides in the sand – you can take off your shoes and if the tide’s just right you can put your feet in the water while you eat. Just a little bit of Heaven on earth and it’s a quick 10 minute drive from where I live… Lucky me…

Full Moon Fever

“Without Question” ($175.)

This morning as I sat with a cup of tea, I thought about tonight’s full moon and the effect it may (or may not) have on all of us. It made me think of this piece of art, so, in honor of the full moon,  I thought it was a perfect time to share it… I’ve done several versions of this piece – I just can’t seem to leave it alone. It was originally inspired by a card I made for my girlfriend almost twelve years ago… The quote I wrote for her reads, “The tides are drawn by the moon’s gravitational effect in much the same way I am drawn to you: intensely, uncontrollably, inevitably and without question or hesitation.” This particular version was created with a vintage wood drawer, a tide chart background, paint and paper. I took the photo of the boat in the Virgin Islands when I was a kid. It was a slide I was able to reproduce with a light box and my digital camera.