We have all seen them; posters with romanticized dolphins jumping in the sunset, evil sharks with open mouths coming at you, manatees resting in the water with their calves. Most of us have seen enlargements of clown fish (“Nemo”) hiding in an anemone or painted conch shells. Nature invites us to be creative, to try to catch the beauty on camera, on canvas or by making home decorations with sea shells. I read once that it doesn’t matter where people live on earth, when people meditate they can see within their minds either water, like waves in the ocean, or rocks, the woods or some other experienced landscape even if the meditation is not being led by anyone. Isn’t that cool?! To me, that is a sign that we have integrated where we came from and to where we shall return. Water is one of the four elements, and even if my astrological sign Taurus is connected to soil, my element is water since there is where my body feels peace and reunion. I told my husband the other day that I haven’t figured out what animal spirit I have, after I had seen the TV show My Big Redneck Vacation about the Blueberry Patch here in Gulfport. Then I got this crazy idea that it might be a fish…I will blog another time about my inherited attachment to fish. It is quite interesting how you can see a pattern within your extended family where a specific profession, a specific kind of chin or cheekbones or a specific form of art flourishes; or an animal that seems to show up every now and then, like fish.
I always wanted to be an artist painting big paintings with bright colors, or taking documentary pictures with my camera on phenomenon in the society to show the time we are living in; pictures with messages speaking to the watchers. Then I went underwater…
Coral is an art in itself, just like flowers in a meadow are. Bright colors and different shapes form a spectacular landscape on the artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the natural reef in the Keys. I have turned some of my pictures of the sea life into art either by boosting a color or/and adding a colored frame to it, like the first picture I am showing here, or replacing a color that isn’t there with another one. Or, just enlarge a picture and print it on canvas. I have had a booth with my art sometimes on Tuesday Morning Fresh Market’s Evening hours, at a boat show, and I am planning to show my art later this spring at Gulfport’s Spring Fairy Fest.
For now, I am planning to take more pictures of the fish and the reefs in Key Largo this coming weekend. If you want to join us, just give us a call!
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