Monday, March 7, 2011

WARNING...Minnesota is NO day at the beach!

This is actually an http://www.illustrationfriday.com/ post. The theme is warning. I managed to tie in the latest theme with some sultry photos I took last week. But today I'm staring out at doom and gloom. At least that's how a Minnesota Winter day seems to me. Last week....Ibises.


And crabs. The good kind.


You can't see it here but everyone that passes this huge piece of driftwood places a shell somewhere in its grasp.





Do you see the Osprey nest in the upper right corner? This Photo was taken at my favorite beach. Lover's Key.


He's having a bad beach day.







Same goes for this guy.




It wasn't me. But someone had fun stringing shells like wind chimes.










Standing tall.






He's also standing tall.









A trip to Naples Florida is never complete without viewing sunset at the pier. And for me that always follows happy hour at Tommy Bahamas! Coconut cloud martini...I miss you already.









The gouache is actually textured like sand.











My Friday illustrations may not look like a warning. But that is exactly what they represent. They were painted for the Ripple blog after the gulf oil spill. The blog sold 100's of paintings donated by artists to raise money for the disaster. My paintings are simply statement pieces about personal responsibility and conservation. Thank goodness our Florida trip was not black but beautiful.




10 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

One beautiful photo after the next! The illustrations are very good and very powerful! Thanks!

Amin said...

Wow! Well done!!! Beautiful post!
Beautiful photos!

DJan said...

What great pictures! I recognize the beautiful illustration at the end, of which I have the black sand dollar, Sharon! I love your eye for the unique and special capture...

The Retired One said...

I am completely and hopelessly in love with all the tropical birds of Florida...as you know from my blogposts whenever I go down there and photograph! So, I loved your post today! I am glad we get to go back down to Florida in April again for my daughter's wedding so I can steal some more shots. LOL

Serline said...

I certainly hope the natural habitats of these creatures will not be destroyed by man-made disasters...

Linda Hensley said...

It looks like it was a great trip! Love the photos, and I really loved the fundraiser by Ripple too. Your paintings were really nice contributions!

charmine. said...

Beautiful pics Sharon.Love the first illustration more.

anjoe playhouse said...

I like you paintere donated some of your works to such a good case ;-)

Christina Rodriguez said...

Your FL trip looks like it was heaven. Ah, warm sandy beaches...

Your Ripple painting remains one of my favorites from the series. I wish I'd bought it!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

i loved the illustrationfriday post.
You and your camera create magic!
love
tweedles