Thursday, April 10, 2014

Atlantic avenue beach trail

Holiday Vibe - oil on panel - 8 x 6"
There's a lot of Atlantic avenues here in Florida!  Every town has one. Monday we had overcast skies, so Dave and i decided to head along the beach coastal drive from Daytona to St. Augustine.

On the way are lovely beachside cottages (, yes a few mansions too!), windswept melaleuka trees that create natural sculpture among the architecture, and palms.  The colour of the water changes depending on what the skies are doing.  It was a steely green gray while we drove along.

Spanish conquistadors came to St. Augustine in the 1580's.  It's old, and also charming, especially the teeny weeny old town streets with their tiny shop fronts and pubs. We enjoyed a cold draft in one of the outdoor pubs, and listened to some great live music.  We also rode 'the red train' which whirled us around notable sites to the yarns of a delightful tour guide.  


  1. Sounds as if you are having a great time. You have really captured the little Florida cottage perfectly with the jewel like colours, sunlight and strong shadows - so pretty....

  2. Hi Sally,

    This is beautiful! You're bringing back memories to me. I dated a boy in high school whose parents had a place in Florida. I had to wait until I was 17 to be allowed to travel there -- on a company plane with two other people! I'm afraid I didn't really appreciate what I was seeing and experiencing at 17.

    It was a pretty amazing time in my life in some ways.

    XOXOXO Barbara

  3. Hi Sarah! Thanks for your nice comment...the lovely long shadows in the morning and evening always interest me for painting...even more so when they fall across pretty beach houses

  4. Hi Barbara! Thanks for your comment. I'm glad that I can jog a few happy memories for you while painting Florida subjects:)

  5. A stunning painting Sally! You've captured so much character and light. Great colours - love that blue - and very aptly titled. I love hearing about the area you are visiting too. There is so much variety it seems within fairly short driving distances over there.


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