artful octopus tour

Intuitive Painting Class
Cecile’s deck – Rodanthe, NC


A few of the gals in the trailerhood wanted me to teach them how to paint. They wanted to paint something bright and funky to liven up their beach trailers.

Instead of the “normal” way of painting, we did things a little different. We started out painting intuitively, working the background with lots of layers of color, texture, and pattern…waiting for the octopus to find his way onto the canvas. We painted with our hands and with different size brushes, letting each layer dry in between. Once the layers were in place, we used a pattern to paint the water around the octopus and finished up by adding in the details.

Even though we all used the same pattern, each octopus was a unique creature with its own personality! They now all hang proudly in the trailer homes of the artists.

During the “official octopus tour” the artists invited us into their homes to show off their creations on display. One artist even told me that I had inspired her to get out her paints and long-forgotten brushes and make art again! That is what it’s all about!

We are planning on a turtle painting party in the fall.

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life on a sandbar

Outer Banks, NC


Our trailer has been on this little plot of sand for over 30 years. In the late 70’s my husband’s parents put it there… and there it sits – in the middle of a campground full of colorful characters. Surfers, fishermen, teachers, beach lovers of all ages – some with families of small children, some retired… a few live here year round.

Each year the cast of characters changes a bit – some move in and some move out. They come for the beach, the surf, the fishing or the fabulous sunsets. Each one is as different as the next… all interesting in their own way – each one with a story to tell. Every summer they converge here and for the most part they manage to get along on this little stretch of beach with little rectangular trailer homes stacked in side by side. The kids all play together in the ocean and all the adults keep an eye out. On holidays we have a pig pickin’ and celebrate life’s blessings.

Sometimes a storm will wreak havoc and sometimes the bridge is out, but we keep coming back and celebrating life on a sandbar.