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"Chocolate Makes Everything Bloom!" © Debbie Overton
The rich colors in this 12 x 12 Mixed Media Collage Painting are true Fall colors most everywhere except here in the southeast. We are just beginning to see some changes in our foliage and yesterday and today it has felt like Fall somewhat! I plan to list this piece in my MMCA Marketplace Shop later today or tomorrow....will have to see how my time goes.
I have a little secret that has come about following an email I received yesterday, but I am keeping it to myself until "?" and I have talked and worked out the details. Let's just say I was thrilled and honored and look forward to sharing with you soon.
One of my blog followers emailed me several months ago saying she had seen some really cool artwork posted here on my blog and in my Marketplace shop and wanted to know when I was going to re-open my CafePress shop. Well I planned to have it open by the end of summer, but I found myself being pulled in so many directions I kept putting it off, but I promised her I would get it open again and my plan is within the next few weeks to have notecards, totes, mugs and a few other items available for Christmas shopping.
Before I leave you today I just have to share a few photos I took on this past Saturday's Road Trip. After a great day at Fernandina Beach, "Hi Wyanne", which I will share with you in another post, we decided to end our day in Historic St. Mary's Georgia just a short drive from home. We had eaten an early breakfast and decided to end the day with a late lunch early supper sitting outside at Riverside Cafe over looking the St. Marys River. "Hay Days" which runs through November 1st was going on and Scarecrows were everywhere. The businesses in the Historic District were invited to build a Scarecrow and some of them were great! This is just a few of the ones we took photos of.
Off the raid the Trick or Treat Candy Bowl for that Chocolate!
For those that can't find the time for a little road trip....here are a few of my favorite photos from last Saturday's road trip along the east coast from Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine Beach.
Fernandina Beach....One of those great little beach houses had a "For Sale" sign in front and I told Steve I could see me there....He just laughed and kept driving! Imagine That! Looking at the boardwalk it looks as though the beach is way out there when it is probably only 300 feet or so. I would love to walk out my door, down a boardwalk and step on the beach everyday. Some day I keep telling myself this too will happen. Everything happens for a reason and this is not my time!
St. Johns River Ferry....I love riding the ferry over the St. Johns river. It docks at Fort Goerge Island and runs across to Mayport Village. It is a short ride, but always fun.
A1A runs along the Atlantic Ocean. Your windshield will actually cover with the mist blowing in. There are some gorgeous homes along this route. You step out the front door and you are on the highway, but step out the back and you are on the beach!
St. Augustine Beach Weddings.....One in the downtown historic district and the other on the beach.
We watched from the pier as this one was taking place just as the sun was starting to set.
More photos at St. Augustine Beach and in the Historic downtown area including one of a couple having engagement photos made. It was fun to watch them as they kicked off their shoes, rolled up the jeans and danced and played in the waters edge in their crisp white shirts. The best one was when he picked her up and swirled her around and around. You could here them laughing and enjoying the moment.
Here we are crossing the Historic Lion Bridge in St. Augustine as we are leaving.
Another bridge, can't remember which one it is coming into St. Augustine.
I have seen this little "bead" sign many times but not being a jewelry artist I have never really had the desire to venture in even though it is right next door to one of the other shops I visit each time we are down. But I decided to go in today....OVERWHELMING is just one word to describe it and you bead girls know what I am talking about. There were beads everywhere, rows, shelves, boxes, bowls, hanging....each one calling out touch me! I will share more about the bead store another day.
Flying creatures everywhere but this one was sitting there as if he wanted his photo taken. He would turn his head back and forth as you snapped the camera and never moved as I got closer and closer. I do believe he was enjoying his moment in the spotlight.
Then as the sun was setting we decided to call it a day and head back north toward home.
It was a wonderful day on the road, a few great stops here and there, tons on photos to remember the day, and lots of heartfelt conversing between us. Everyone needs a little road trip to remember it is the little things in life that mean so much.
We are headed down to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island Saturday for some fun, shopping, strolling and visiting with an art friend + to check out the building up of the beach. Here they are working on it last week. It was fun and interesting to see how they do it.
Hope you enjoyed your little road trip. Have a great weekend and I will see you next week.
What is "plein air" you ask? It is a French word that means "open air". It describes painting that is done on location and inspired by nature, as opposed to painting in a studio from sketches and photographs. The term was first used in the 1800's to describe the artwork created by the Impressionists.
Steve and I found this guy at the Pier on St. Augustine Beach last Saturday. Our plan was to walk the pier and find a place to sit and enjoy the late afternoon as we had left earlier that day for a little road trip along the coast. I'll share more photos along the way in another post....today it is all about this painter.
He had a small gathering around as we approached and joined. He would look out across the ocean and take one of many brushes, dip it into the gorgeous colors of paints and continue painting. He was friendly, funny, entertaining and never missed a stroke. We spent some time there and then we ventured down the pier to find a place to sit and enjoy the view around us. We continued to watch from a distance sitting at the end of the pier as people would come and go. As we were leaving he was still there, still had a group around him and he was still painting and laughing and talking about his work and this is what we found.
To me this is Heaven on Earth...I don't envy his talent, I envy the chance to set up on the pier and create! One day, one day this too could happen. Life is full of surprises!
Several weeks ago I found this little creature laying on the walkway to my front door. There was no doubt as I approached it would fly off and the only way to get to my camera was to walk past it. But it didn't move, then without even thinking I reached down and very gently picked it up thinking there must be something I could do with it in my art. After bringing it in and pulling out a vintage piece of sheet music I laid it down and went on about my business.
Several days later Steve asked if the dragonfly was real. Now I was thinking....he has been putting in quiet a few extra hours....but surely he knew it was dead. Of course I said No! it is dead! He then came back with but is it real! After going back and forth a few times we both realized what he was asking. He couldn't believe I had found it outside, he thought it was something I had bought on one of my scavenger hunts for oddities to use in my art! The wing span is almost 4.5"!
Almost daily I have walked past and admired those delicate wings trying to decided just what to do with it. This creature deserved the hands of someone that has a passion for nature and can work magic with her hands! So I have placed the once graceful dragonfly in a special box and it is on its way to someone very special.
This includes original mixed media collages in my MMCA Marketplace shop, art on exhibit at GlynnArt Gallery on St. Simons Island, JIAA Goodyear Cottage on Jekyll Island and at the Okefenokee Heritage Center in Waycross as well as the original Antique & Vintage Paper Packages to use in your artwork in my Etsy shop!
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