"Matanzas Tranquilty" is one of those pieces that make people think "There is no way you saw it this way, with those colors" but I assure you, I did. In fact, that's WHY we stopped at this beach during the summer of 2017. We had planned on going to our usual spot, but there was no parking left, so I suggested we travel a bit farther south, until something "seemed right" or "looked good."
That brought us to Matanzas Beach, just south of Crescent Beach on the Atlantic coast of Florida. I had never seen such and orange colored sand (crushed shell) with such blue green water and deep blue skies. The purple was the storm way off in the distance; the one that's winds were lending power to the waves crashing onto the shore.
One of the best things about Florida coast lines is ALL the different types of beaches that we have. Different sands, grades, roughness, colors, feels....the possibilities are countless and each one of them beautiful in their own right.
"Matanzas Tranquility" is one of the few framed pieces. I used rough, reclaimed wood, to build a simple frame around it and then a combination of "Driftwood" and "Jacobean" stains to color it just right.
When I look at this finished piece, I'm right there. I can feel the sun on my back and the breeze through my hair. I can feel the sharp shells under my feet and the warm water as it rushes across my feet, lapping at my ankles. I can hear my kids laughing and splashing in the tide pool behind me, and the seagulls calling for the fisherman to throw them some scraps.
18x22, with frame