Danny and Abi – Cedar Key

Danny and Abigail

The next painting was from a small 4×6 photograph of my 3rd child and only son John Daniel and my 4th child and 3rd daughter, Abigail. They are 32 and 30 now. I’ve had the little framed photo on the wall by my desk for all these years, a very special memory. Could I make it better in a painting. It has to be better because otherwise why bother. The photo is wonderful. I obviously decided to give it a shot.

For this painting I used Arches 140 lb. cold pressed paper. I rarely use anything else. I also used Winsor & Newton Professional watercolor tubes. Palette: ultramarine, manganese blue,  burnt sienna, burnt umber, sap green, lemon yellow, cadmium red.

It was a hot Florida day. The sun was straight overhead, not a cloud in the sky.  We had gone over to Cedar Key, a favorite spot for fishing, playing of the beach, dolphin watching, and generally enjoying the nature of the Gulf shore. Cedar Key was one of my favorite beaches because it’s location on the Gulf side. With small children, going to the beach on Atlantic side of Florida was never a peaceful, relaxing experience for me. As a mother of young children, I had to be constantly vigilant. Cedar Key on the Gulf side was quiet, had shallow, still waters and I could relax a bit. The peers and bridges were some of my husband, Pat’s, favorite places to fish. This spot, right outside of town, in the salt marshes are where Danny and Abi would play for hours, digging up the little blue crabs that skittered in droves over the sand from one hole to the next where they would disappear. They collected crabs in their buckets to save as live bait for their dad who was fishing nearby. Daniel has brought a bucket full to Abigail who is wetting them down with her watering can. Oh how I miss these days gone by.

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