A Day on the Bay

This is the largest of the seven tiny paintings I did at different times of day from a perfectly placed window overlooking the bay (I applied the white when I got home). I was trying to see if I could begin a third poster–a summer poster–to go with the first two Lake Effects posters that have been so successful the past few years. Those posters cover only eight months: fall, winter, and spring. I couldn’t afford the window I painted those from during the popular warm season.

Fort Lauderdale beach

I did two watercolor postcards while in Florida but send them off before I could scan them for my column. So here is one view inspired by a photograph I did while there, taken on a morning walk. Fort Lauderdale shocked me by its wall-to-wall concrete with only the tiniest patches of grass and a couple of saved natural parks to walk in. I began to appreciate the richness of our Great Lakes…so much outdoors left. But the long beaches were fun to walk, either on the beach or on the brick walk that snaked along the white waist-high wall.

I did this little 8 x 10 painting, or so it started out, entirely with Dr. Martin’s radiant liquid watercolors. They are really bright and stain well. I got impatient though and didn’t let all the layers dry quickly enough. The waves are white acrylic.

I like to shut my eyes and see this scene on the ceiling of my inner sight, glowing with the magic of a monitor.