This is the first Christmas since we have been in Florida that John and I didn't go back home to NC for Christmas. Actually- it was probably the first Christmas EVER that we weren't home for the holidays. But...we wanted to do something different this year. So- we headed down to Key West! The goal was to relax somewhere warm- and we did!
...and ya'll know I had to keep up with my daily art- it was a vacation but I never take a vacation from creating so I made the pool my temporary studio. The hardest part was trying not to accidentally put my paint brush in my beverage...but I guess a little watercolor never hurt anyone.
We knew that we would enjoy the trip but we didn't know just how much- it really was such a great vacation! Besides hanging by the pool we took the hotel shuttle every day downtown to Mallory Square and took in all the sights, and of course ate like crazy. Key West is just over a four hour drive for us so we definitely want to make the trip again, hopefully soon.
Here is the art I created over the duration of the trip;
The last night (Tuesday, aka Christmas Day) I realized that I was out of paper for the next day. My plan was to stop by Michael's once we got back in town but it was later than we thought and we were ready to get home so...didn't happen. Only problem is- I still had to make my art and I needed my paper (I like to use Bristol, vellum finish- and I am kinda picky about it). I remembered that I still had the piece that I had originally started with, I did that piece in Tampa at the hotel. It was an art fail. I didn't like it, then when I went to the Kusama show with John I was totally inspired to change the series from just a 'red dress' theme to add the dots for an homage to Kusama- so I redid my first piece but didn't toss it...thank goodness! It was tucked away in the back of my sketchbook- my only piece of paper left besides my finished pieces. So I gave that piece a 'makeover' to make it piece #360.
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