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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Watercolor Postcards from Captiva Island

Just back from our time on Captiva Island, Florida.  The internet connectivity was almost non-existent, so I am only now getting a chance to post the rest of the watercolor postcards I painted for my mother while we were away.

Day 21: Seven-armed starfish found on the beach after a storm.


Day 20:  Waterlily.  There were some lilies in a pond by the pool, but this one was an exercise from an art book.


Day 19: Tall Ship which we spotted from the deck of the Key West Express on our way back.


Day 18:  Shell seeker in the pose known as the "Sanibel Stoop". There are so many shells here!


Day 17: Late night cup of tea after a chilly day




Day 16:  Had to scrounge around for something to paint on today.  This paper was a bit hard to work with, so I just splashed puddles of paint on it, then pressed a crinkled plastic wrap into the wet paint and let it dry.  Afterwards, I used watercolor pencil to find hidden objects in the underwater world formed by the plastic wrap.


Day 15:  Dan found this Cerith shell one morning on the beach. It had a tiny crab inside!


Day 14:  Dan, resting on the beach after a long walk.



Day 13: Box of geraniums by the pool


Day 12:  Black-eyed Susan in the dunes


Day 11:  Brown Pelican coming in for a landing at the Marina


Day 10:  The Lindbergh Cottage at the Tween Waters Resort.  The 1955 classic for women, Gift from the Sea was written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh. They spent their winters on Captiva Island.


Day 9:  Captiva Air Taxi - One morning I saw a gull carrying a huge fish back to its nest!


Day 8:  Willet.  This solitary willet was on the beach every morning.  My favorite shore bird.


Day 7:  Captiva Sunset, viewed from The Mucky Duck restaurant with Meredith, Will, and Dan.



Day 6: Florida Fighting Conch. We didn't find as many of these this year as we have in past years.


Day 5: Coconuts in a palm tree.





Day 4:  Double hibiscus by the pool. 


Day 3: Sanibel Island Shells. Sanibel and Captiva Islands are known for their great seashells.


Day 2: Christmas Palm branch off our balcony. As the month went on, many more red berries appeared.


Day 1:  The dunes are quite wide and are home to many plants and flowers and chunks of coral.



1 comment:

llandudnopictures said...

You have done a great job, fantastic pieces!