Golden Memories for the holidays

Flagler Memorial Church in St. Augustine, Florida

My painting “Golden Memories. “

Recognized as one of the 20 most beautiful churches in America, Flagler Memorial Church lives up to its reputation. Located in St. Augustine, Florida the church was built by Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler. It was constructed in 1889 in honor of Flagler’s daughter who died in childbirth. The Tiffany-style stained glass adorns this magnificent edifice. 

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Lions Adulting 

The Lions at San Marco Square donned birthday hats for the 21st Birthday Celebration. The landmark fountain was installed 21 years ago. The Venetian inspired square hailed visitors and locals to an afternoon of live music, vendors and free photos by the fountain. Restaurants and shops got in on the party by offering discounts on a picture perfect day. 


San Marco in Jacksonville, Florida is home to some of the area’s best restaurants as well as art galleries, Art Deco buildings, historic mansions, fashionable boutiques and more.  

Experience Captivating Art at Trends

After being featured in the United States Lighthouse Society’s newsletter, I unveil two Plein Air paintings at Trends Art and Home Boutique. The two paintings showcase my captivating and colorful style. My work is part of the Art Guild of Orange Park’s “Our Town” juried exhibit. The opening reception is October 7 from 3-5 pm with the exhibit continuing through November 3. Trends is open Tuesday-Saturday. 


Trends Art and Home Boutique is located in San Marco at 3915 Hendricks Avenue. San Marco is a popular destination in Jacksonville, Florida. It is home to art galleries, Art Deco buildings, outstanding restaurants, historic mansions, fashionable boutiques and more.  
For more information, call 904-346-1738. 

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Beacons of the High Seas

According to the Navy League, no industry has been more vital to the economy of the United States than that of America’s maritime industry. Lighthouses was once the cornerstone of maritime industry. 


For the month of August, I will be celebrating National Lighthouse Day with discounts on my lighthouse art at the boutique store Made in Jax at the Jacksonville International Airport. 


Save big on my Gliclee prints at the airport. Gliclee (zhee-KLAY) is a museum quality investment that uses acid free watercolor paper, and pigment based archival inks. This insures that Gliclees never fade, degrade or yellow. Unlike a print that may fade, a 6 color ink jet process ensures a Gliclee retains its original luster. 

Nantucket: A Sanctuary of Peace

 

The next day, I caught the first bus to Downtown Nantucket and the second one to the village of Sconset. My final destination, Sankaty Lighthouse was 2 miles away at Siasconset Beach. I walked to the lighthouse and sketched it for over an hour. 

After catching the bus back to downtown, I stopped by East Street Cantina and Stop and Shop. I had such a pleasant experience with Clyde the cab driver, I decided to take another one of his cabs driven by his wife for the ride back to the hostel. She answered a few lingering questions I had about the island. 
The nights were peaceful at Star of the Sea hostel. Everyone abided by the quiet curfew from 10 pm-7 am. During my final night, I had only had a few summer campers as my bunk mates.


The serenity of the hostel is reflective of the island. The island was designated a national landmark in the 50s. A commission actively limits construction to ensure that the island is homogeneous and uniform. Almost all the houses have cedar shingles. The cobble stoned streets in the Historic District hail from an earlier era. There are boutique shops, restaurants and museums to explore. Since Nantucket was once the Whaling Capital of the world, there’s a fascinating Whaling Museum. I bought a few souvenirs from the gift shop on my final day. 


When I returned from Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard, my cousin and his mom greeted me at the dock and asked about my trip. It’s the best one I can remember, I replied. My escape to Nantucket delivered more than I expected. The quaint resort and peaceful island was relaxing and a welcome reprieve. 

TGIF Travels: Discovering Ireland

Wild Atlantic Way

I visited Limerick  before exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

 

Limerick, Ireland, gets a bad rap on safety from a few travel books. An Irishman at JFK Airport even told me it was a rough town! I was somewhat anxious when I arrived at Limerick but the George Limerick Hotel front desk clerk allayed my fears. I was happy I didn’t have to don a money belt and watch out for pick pockets like I did in Paris.

 

I felt pretty safe as I walked the city. True—it’s not a quaint Irish town but it still has much to offer. In 2014 it won a Culture award.

King John's Castle

King John’s Castle on the Shannon River.

Every restaurant I dined at had great food, low prices, and good service. Great customer service must be an Irish trait. I grabbed some food for my Ireland Lighthouse road trip at Dunnes and was happy the prices were reasonable there too!

Limerick was a great place to start my trip to Ireland.

I learned about the history of the Irish people at the Hunt Museum’s exhibit “A Terrible Beauty” and the invasion of the Vikings and British at King John’s Castle.

These visits help give me valuable insight into the culture and the history behind the formation of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Downtown Limerick.

Downtown Limerick.

 

Not sure I would recommend Limerick as the only destination for an international trip but it was a wonderful place to stay for two days.

The city is clean, shopping is great, restaurants plentiful and affordable, the locals are kind and there are lots of sights to see. It’s not that far from the Shannon Airport and a great place to stay during a layover or start a visit of Ireland.

God and Gambling

Praying mannequin.

Even the mannequins were praying at the Beau Rivage.

I thought a lot about God when I visited the luxurious Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Maybe it was because I uttered a prayer each time I passed the casino on my way to a family reunion activity. I wondered why people gambled. One man said he was on a winning streak then lost it all trying to win more. I forgot where I was and said “Praise the LORD” to a man in the elevator. He looked at me as if I was speaking a foreign language.

View of the pool.

Cool your heels at the pool and enjoy snacks.

I enjoyed the amenities of the four star hotel. One could shop, have ice cream and enjoy delicious food without leaving the resort. I guess that was the point. Still I sat by the pool, relaxed in the sauna, exercised at the workout room and looked at the gulf and enjoyed my stay without a slot machine. There’s plenty to explore without the gambling and a whole lot cheaper. I even got a chance to escape the resort and paint a lighthouse.

On the final day, the family worshipped at a church in Gulfport then had brunch at the Beau Rivage. The buffet food was excellent and unending. There was Cajun, seafood, Chinese, Sushi, American fare and food from all over the globe. I had breakfast, then lunch and dessert without over eating in the span of a few hours. There was an assortment of fruits, vegetables, meats and breads to suit every taste.

A view of the Beau Rivage.

A view of the Beau Rivage.

The Beau Rivage offers free parking and complimentary valet parking. It’s a great place to stay but I wouldn’t want to live there.

Check out my website, for the Biloxi Lighthouse and other lighthouses I’ve painted.