Painting Challenge Day 4

a fairytale village by the sea inspires many artists, including me.

Day 4 painting is another one inspired by my trip to California.  We were lucky to visit Carmel by the sea, and I wish I could have stayed a week!  It was the prettiest little town I have ever visited.  Flowers were everywhere, and the air was scented with them.  I truly felt as though I had died and went to heaven.  There are even real life fairy houses here!  A local man started building little ones, and someone suggested he make life size ones, so he did!  There are about 20 of them.  They are not easy to find, but I was lucky to find a few……

 

But back to my painting…. we did not have reservations, and visited quite a few hotels in the area to find a room.  (We had reserved a house in Yosemite, but our reservation was cancelled due to forest fires)  This fence was near a Best Western I believe.  Either way, I loved the contrast of the flowers to the green fence, and hope you do too! And if you ever are lucky enough to be near Carmel, make sure to spend some time there….You won’t regret it!  I am hoping to go back one day….

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This painting is 20″ wide by 16″ tall, and is available in my etsy shoppe.  For more info, please click here.

Painting Challenge Day 2

inspired by the beauty of Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

Day 2 is a painting that I have painted before and wanted to do again.  That does not happen often!  But sometimes I like to see how I have improved, or it is just an image that I really enjoyed painting.  Maybe it is just a beautiful image, or maybe it reminds me of somewhere I have been.  Both are the case with this one!  This is Disney’s private beautiful island, Castaway Cay. Which I have been extremely lucky to have visited twice!  This is not a scene that everyone sees, so not everyone may recognize it.  Its along a path that we rode bikes on, that leads to Serenity Bay.  The adults only beach on the island.  My favorite color, as many of you know, is pink, so of course I was mesmerized by this sight.

So here is day two! Painting is available in my etsy shoppe for anyone interested.  Please click here to see purchasing info.

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Painting Challenge-Day 1

Sometimes change is a good thing….

The painting challenge has arrived!  I will do my best to have a painting posted every day for 30 days.  Which is no easy task.  Sometimes paintings just fly off my brush and other times they are quite stubborn.

This floral painting was inspired by my recent trip to California.  A trip that I planned for almost a year that was changed because of the wildfires.  But I always think that change is good, and it certainly turned our trip into an adventure.  We saw lots of things we were not expecting to see.  Once of which was the town of Cambria.  From eclectic little shops, delicious restaurants, art, and scenic vistas, this town had it all.  And it was so much cooler here!  Which was very welcome after traveling through temps of 115d.  Yes, you read that right!

We stayed right along Moonstone Beach, and I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.  As we would say in our home, “Most Impressive”.  These are taken in the same spot as the sun was going down……  One of the other guests said we were lucky to see it, as the other nights had been foggy.  Lucky indeed!

 

 

Back to the painting!  I am sorry for the diversion, I just fell in love with California, and had to share its beauty.

Before you reach this beautiful beach, there is a little town with restaurants, shops and a little historical museum.  And that is where I saw these glorious flowers.

 

 

I saw the car sitting there, and decided to change it to my Dad’s Model A.  I thought it fit right in, and I hope you do too!

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This painting is 20″ tall by 16″ wide, and is available in my etsy shoppe.  Hope you enjoyed reading about what inspires a painting.

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Visiting Disneyland for the first time

It has been a dream of mine to visit Disneyland to see where it all began.  When I spoke with people, very often I was told how disappointed I would be.  Its much smaller was what I heard, or does not compare to Florida. Hardly a positive comment ever.  But I did not change my mind, and kept my plans to visit.

I was lucky to visit this summer, and even luckier to visit on my birthday!  What a present!

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Anytime I enter a park I always get goosebumps at my first view of the castle, and this was no exception.  But it was definitely different… seeing a pink castle at the end of Main Street!  But there was no disappointment.  Only excitement that I was finally visiting the park where it all began.

I had done research on things and rides that I should not miss, so I did my best to see it all!  The park was not officially open yet, so people were lined up at the end of Main Street.  So we took this time to look around.  We found the “Test Wall” where legend has it Walt tried different bricks out.  If you are facing the castle, its the little side street to the right off of Main Street.

If you look at the photo, you will see a few different styles of bricks.

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I found the park to be a bit smaller that the Florida Magic Kingdom, but I liked the cozier feel.  The feeling of the smaller walkways, and mature plantings over the paths.  I especially loved the teacups.  Especially at night with the glowing lanterns.

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I also loved the walk through Sleeping Beauty area in the castle.  It was  nice to see something other than an expensive restaurant within the castle.  That is one of my favorite Disney Tales, so I could be a little biased….

But seriously how could you be disappointed with this sight? I know I certainly was not.

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There are also some rides at this park not in Florida.  Such as Mr. Toads wild ride, Pinocchio, Snow Whites Scary Adventures, and the Matterhorn to mention just a few.  Its a Small World has never been a favorite of mine, but I actually enjoyed this version.  Its a more grand display at this park, and has its own versions of Disney Characters throughout the ride.

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Another thing you must see is the Fire Department building.  At first it seems like an ordinary building, until you know the symbolism.  Walt and his wife had an apartment on the second floor, and legend has it that when he was in residence, the light would be on.  So the light is left on in tribute.  I loved seeing this in person.  It seemed surreal to me, to be in the park where it all began, and to walk in his footsteps.

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Overall I loved my visit to the original park.  Yes, it was different from Florida and yes it was smaller.  But it made all of that up with its unique rides, and nostalgic features.  Being an artist I thought of this as Walt’s first try.  Whenever an artist creates, they are always striving to make changes and get better with their future work.  You learn from mistakes, and successes.  I can only imagine the parks that Walt would have created had he been around longer.  I think that the company has done well without him, but you have to wonder how different the Parks would have been had he been here to direct them.  We will never know, but I am thankful that someone took over the reigns and did their best, as the Disney Park legacy is a wonderful one.  One that I enjoy visiting with my family, and keep going back.  Because I love the creativity, the escapism that they provide. Thank you Walt!

Day 15 of 30 in 30- The view from the Poly

Day 15 – This was the view from my room, many years ago when I stayed at the Polynesian. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary, and we upgraded to the Poly, as a gift to us. We could not afford a great view, and were shocked when we got this fabulous view. Every night the fireworks would go off over the castle, and my son loved watching them from his bed. (When we were in the room, lol) If you look to the right of the hotel, you will see the castle, above the monorail.

This was one of my favorite trips, as we went with our best friends and their girls. Hope you enjoy this view as much as I did!

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Day 13 of 30 in 30- Sunset at Tea House

Day 13 – This is a painting inspired when I visited the Marble House this winter. The Marble house is a “cottage” in Newport, Rhode Island. In reality, its actually an incredibly large mansion, on Bellevue Avenue, and this tea house is in its backyard. This tea house was built by Alva Vanderbilt, who hosted tea parties for women’s suffrage, or the right to vote. Newport has quite a history of wealthy families, their homes, and rich heiresses that made matches with Englishmen with titles. A lot of English families lived on their large estates, and needed a surge of wealth to maintain their homes and staff depending on them. A match with these wealthy heiresses filled the coffers and saved them from ruin, but sadly most matches were of convenience and not love. If you are local to New England, it is definitely worth a trip to see these “cottages” and the beautiful Ocean Drive area.  If I sound like an add for Newport’s tourism, its because I have been going there for years and love to visit!

This was the tea house one late afternoon, touched by a pinkish, orange sunset.  I started this painting with a palette knife, but gave up and finished it with brushes.  I did keep some of the palette knife strokes, but its mostly brush strokes.  I hope to try the palette knife again sometime, as I do enjoy a challenge!

 

 

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