Introducing my painting:
"Sarasota Sunset.  July 4th, 2008."



This painting survived Hurricane Ike here in Houston. I decided to evacuate, so I survived too.  I guess that is one reason that it took me so long to finish this one.  That and painting clouds always gives me fits.  So I decided to paint them again just so that they wouldn't win.  I will let you decide on that one.

The inspiration for this painting came when I was in Sarasota, Florida for the 4th of July.  I sat in a big crowd on a concrete sidewalk waiting for the fireworks to explode.  Besides watching all the people buzzing around, I peered at the sunset light as it reflected it's orangey glow on the buildings downtown.  I am always entranced by the beauty of this kind of light.  It makes thunderheads like this one glow in a million shades of beautiful.  Once the sun set, the fireworks were beautiful too, even with the wind blowing their ash into my eyes.

See this painting in progress here.

Detail of the painting.
"A  painting lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes
of the sensitive observer.  It dies by the same token.  It is therefore a
risky & unfeeling act to send it out into the world."
-Tiger's Eye Magazine 1947.