Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sparkling City by the Bay

Shrimp Boats
11x14 original watercolor

This was inspired by a photo my aunt took in Corpus Christi, TX.  As I have mentioned before, my aunt spends a lot of time fishing and has plenty of tall tales.  She also is a photographer and takes many photos of the bay in Corpus Christi.  This Monday is her birthday, too, so Happy Birthday Aunt! 

One of the benefits of living in Corpus Christi is the fresh shrimp one can buy right off the shrimp boats when they come in at the T-heads.  I will explain T-heads in a later post.  Anyway, my aunt often buys fresh shrimp to cook along side her catch. 

This scene had a lot going on which I edited out if you can believe.  There were many more posts for the pier as well as many more birds.  I am not sure if those are pelicans or some kind of crane.  Behind the boat is the seawall lined with palm trees and part of downtown Corpus Christi.  Originally, I did not have the buildings in the background.  They are present in the photo.  I added the buildings after a day or so, just a hint.  The painting seemed incomplete without them.  I feel much more comfortable having them in the painting.  If you ever get a chance, go to Corpus Christi and eat some fresh seafood at any of the restaurants downtown or on the t-heads, then after, you must get a snow cone with a scoop of ice cream on top and walk the seawall!!!  The stories I can tell you that happen on the seawall.......

If you have already visited my website, thanks so much.  Please let me know if you see any improvements that can be made.  I am trying to decide if I should have a lot of paintings or just a few select.  If you have suggestions on a strategy, I am happy to hear your thoughts!

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  1. There's a lot going on here, and I love how you created the scene without too much detail, but all still very clear.

  2. This work is fabulous with just the required amount of detail. The shadow and the birds give it the required movement. Great going.

  3. I love this! really love it! And the narrative too. It's definitely my cup of tea! I think what you are doing is just fine as it is. I love seeing all the paintings :0)

  4. thank you, friends for these helpful and encouraging comments. i appreciate your thoughts.

  5. What a pleasant busy scene you have made! One is aware of sights and smells and sounds all around!

  6. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog as now I found your fabulous work!! Love your watercolors!!!I just signed up with Feedburner.
    Enjoy your Sunday,,,,


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