Being an artist requires a lot of things, and one of those is inspiration. It is perhaps one of the most important things that an artist can have. Without it, it is difficult to create. For me anyways…..
With that being said, I am lucky to live about 3 miles from the border of Rhode Island. Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but it could well be one of the most inspirational ones. There is so much beauty jam packed into this little state.
From scenic homes, to scenic coastlines, it is full of inspiration.
Here are a few places I have found for inspiration.
Rhode Island has a ton of beaches! And they are wonderful. Some are just a parking lot with a lone building for restrooms, and some have restaurants with bars. I myself prefer the single building, and gravel parking lot. There is something about a bunch of beach roses blooming with grasses in a sand dune lot, that is more appealing than bituminous pavement. We visited Scarborough beach for the first time because my favorite, Matunuck was full. I did enjoy it, but Matunuck is still my favorite.
Newport is a hidden gem. It has a little harbor area with cute little shops and delicious restaurants. Then just up the street are incredible mansions that are sometimes gaudy, but always incredibly detailed and beautiful, with rich histories. Then there is also an area called Brenton Point that has breathtaking views as well as a beach and jetty to pick rocks at, all the while kites flutter above you in the breeze. Best thing about Brenton point is that its free, yes you read that right! Something is still free! And they have bathrooms for the public to use also. I have spent many an afternoon on the grass of this area enjoying a picnic lunch while admiring the kites overhead and sailboats gliding by. A little bit of heaven on earth! Of course in all these areas you will see the familiar Del’s lemonade, a staple in this area on a hot summer day.
Last trip to Newport, we visited Fort Adams Park. Which was really quite interesting. While visiting, we saw a new tall ship, the Oliver Hazard Perry. Isn’t it making quite a statement, just resting in port. That flag may be calling me to paint it……
Wherever you go in Newport, there is so much inspiration. Above I have included some of my art inspired by the beauty of Newport. If you are interested please visit my Etsy shoppe.