Soft Landing

The beach at Siesta Key

Siesta - 2011

The transition from island life to mainland life is underway. These images also suggest the beginnings of that transition reflected in my art. Nature has always been an inspiration, and that theme is carried forward here with the soft pastel interpretation of the famous white sand beach at Siesta Key, and in the colors of the morning sun slanting through the trees in a local park.

Of course, much of Florida is more urban than St. Croix; and the authentic quaintness and decay of the Caribbean is often imitated in quaint venues newly manufactured for tourist consumption. The visual evidence of authentic decay and disorder is different here — and sometimes is appalling, rather than appealing like the old ruins of the Caribbean. Awareness of these and other differences has only begun to gel, but likely will be reflected in some of the images to come.

Spanish moss in Arlington Park

Morning in the Park - 2011

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4 Comments on “Soft Landing

  1. Hi planetross, thanks for stopping by! Interesting comment… entropy is universal, it’s what we do with it that matters. Thanks!

  2. Wow! I see that you have some interesting first impressions. I love the contrast between these two pieces. You really do get that kind of jolt when in a new environment, don’t you? You notice things long time residents wouldn’t.

    This will be a great experience for you.

    Love the compositions in both of these. The softness of the first one, with those faint two dots, suggests both the persona of the beach and a sense of human presence. The second one seems to say, I am the environment and I am decorated with beauty, both welcoming and cautioning.

    Yay! Glad you’re settling in. Best wishes as you go forward.

  3. Thanks for all your good wishes, Melinda. And yes, everything can seem fresh and more intense in a new environment. The trick is to make it stay that way so one always sees with a jolt!
    I always find your interpretations so interesting — and usually in harmony with what I was thinking and feeling at the time. So thanks for that, too!

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