Sketching the Florida Intracoastal: Part Two – the Paintings
Carrying on from Part One: the Moleskine – here’s the paintings from our cruise down the Florida Intracoastal.
It was the last sketchbook drawing coming out of Miami that got me super excited. I wasn’t so inspired by all the pastel condominium towers as we passed through the city, but as we were pulling out, a great storm started forming. As the city receded into a dark band on the horizon, we passed through a flotilla of sailboats. I loved the look of their sails standing out against the sky. I was more than a little surprised to see them jauntily sailing around with that weather coming in. They’re clearly more confident that I was.
The uniquely low-lying keys continued to offer this kind of composition. But, oddly, it started to look familiar. I used to see these paintings in galleries all the time back home. Just replace water with wheat, and mangroves with a wind break of trees.
Halfway down from Palm Springs, just before we left the tip of the panhandle, we dropped anchor at Pumpkin Key. The best sunset of the trip. Well, it’s hard to say *best*, there were so many – but the best I could sit and paint with a perfect view. The Captain tossed a crab trap overboard, baited with leftover BBQ ribs and next day we had fresh blue crab for dinner.
Next time – landfall at Key West!