The Quiet Before the Storm


Perched high on a cliff, East Chop Lighthouse is located in a quiet residential area. Surrounded by a grassy area with a picket fence and benches, the idyllic setting belies its noble purpose. The perils offshore inspired a mariner to raise money to privately build the lighthous in 1869. 

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Take Time To Pause

I love lighthouses but some more than others. Old Brant Point Lighthouse has no lens. Maybe this is why it connected with my artistic soul. I noticed that most people passed by this lighthouse on the way to see Brant Point Lighthouse a few steps away.


They only paused to look at the old lighthouse when they saw me drawing it. When they paused, I felt like I had achieved my purpose. That is really why I paint lighthouses. I want to offer people a moment to reflect and pause. It is in those moments that we can rediscover ourselves and the world around us. 

I’m a little lighthouse short & stout

A picture of Brant Point Lighthouse.

Brant Point Lighthouse is the shortest lighthouse in New England.


After painting Florida’s towering lighthouses, I was startled when I first encountered New England’s stout lighthouses. After having painted two on Martha’s Vineyard, I smiled when I approached Nantucket’s little Brant Point Lighthouse. It is New England’s shortest lighthouse and the site of America’s second oldest lighthouse. The current lighthouse was built in 1901. 

The Coast is Clear

Picture of Amelia Island Lighthouse.

Amelia Island Lighthouse is Florida’s oldest lighthouse.

The “Coast is Clear” for a new breathtaking look at my lighthouse paintings. I’m celebrating the relaunch of my website elainemarieartist.com with a holiday sale. I’ve made my site easier to navigate. I relaunched it after finishing a series of businesses classes. 

Picture of Trinity Ligghtship.

Trinity Lightship is located at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, UK.


I enrolled in SCORE’s (Service Corps of Retired Executives) free workshops on “Marketing Your Business.” I also took SCORE’s workshops on “Defining Your Target” and “Increasing Profitability.” Today I just completed the class “Selling Items Online” conducted by my local library. Besides the relaunching of my website, I look forward to implementing what I’ve learned and enhancing my community. What an exciting way to end the year! 

Weird Perceptions of Artists 


I know people have weird perceptions of artists. I never thought I’d feel like a race horse!I had 5 minutes to draw this lighthouse. It was an unscheduled stop during a tour of Ireland lighthouses. The other passengers cheered me on with “Go Elaine, go!” as I was finished the drawing. 

Wildlife Abounds at Apalachee Bay on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Entry Sign to Wakulla Springs

Wakulla Springs offers swimming, historic lodging, boat tours & more.

On the way to St. Marks Lighthouse I stopped by Wakulla Springs. For years I wanted to go to Wakulla to see the manatees. On the day of my arrival, I was told no manatees had been sighted. Still I purchased a ticket on the boat tour. Much to my delight a huge manatee swam beside me a few seconds after the tour began. Before the end of the tour, I saw 6 more manatees including 3 calves. 
A picture of a large manatee

This manatee outwitted the expert’s prediction.


The next day I headed to St. Marks. Once I arrived at St. Marks I realized I should have stayed at Crawfordville. Despite the name, Crawfordville is very lively and has much to offer like dining, shopping and pleasant hotels. There’s little see or do in St. Marks for landlubbers and the lodgings are subpar.  

A scenic view of St. Marks Wikdlife Refuge.

A scenic view of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.


After spending the night at a Bed and Breakfast Inn, I headed to St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. Besides the lighthouse, the Refuge has picnic areas, a beach, a welcome center and gift shop. I enjoyed a scenic and quiet drive to the lighthouse. The salt marsh, pine forest, egrets made for a picturesque backdrop. It’s a nature lovers paradise with eagles, alligators, bitterns, ducks, herons, ibises and more. 

Picture of St Marks Lighthouse

St. Marks Lighthouse had two female lightkeepers.


The St. Marks Lighthouse recently reopened after being closed for renovations for 6 months. It is the second oldest lighthouse surviving in Florida. It is listed on the National Register. The keeper’s house is attached to the 88 foot tower. 

Reflections at St. Marks Lighthouse 

My painting of St. Marks Lighthouse.

My painting of St. Marks Lighthouse.

It was a time for me to reflect before the New Year began. I painted this lighthouse after spending a subdued day in quiet meditation.  In my moments of solitude, I thought of St. Marks Lighthouse. Quietly tucked away on Florida’s gulf coast it is a few miles and a world away from Tallahassee. Away from the hustle bustle of the capital,  Apalachee Bay is a reflection of what Florida is really about. Salt marshes, pine forest, egrets make for a picturesque backdrop. It’s a nature lovers paradise with eagles, alligators, bitterns, ducks, herons, ibises and more. 

A view from St. Marks Lighthouse.

A view from St. Marks Lighthouse.


A day from the hustle and bustle of life reminded me what life was really about. 

A lady pauses to take a photo of St. Marks Lighthouse.


The St. Marks Lighthouse recently reopened after being closed for renovations for 6 months. It is the second oldest surviving lighthouse in Florida. It is listed on the National Register. The keeper’s house is attached to the 88 foot tower. 

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