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The St. Augustine Blues

I was looking forward to visiting St. Augustine.  It is the oldest city in America (1500’s)

It has all the things I love:

Old Buildings

Interesting architecture


Good weather

And a little bit kooky history with Ponce de Leon and his search for the fountain of youth

In spite of  all the inspiring surroundings, I was overcome with a sadness and depression.
I felt like the whole ‘living my dream’ thing was a huge mistake.

I shared some of my feelings on facebook, and got some amazing feedback about staying inspired and  the creative process.

I was reminded that my experience was not unique…everybody goes through some creative ‘block’ from time to time.

I realized that I was trying too hard to produce something creative and amazing every day.

I was like a fish swimming against the tide, I was putting out a lot of effort, and getting nowhere.

I should just go with the flow, and let the ideas come to me.

So I took a long (3 hour) walk on the beach, with no camera, no sketchbook, and no goal of making anything.  I was just going to enjoy being a part of the world.

I had a breakthrough while watching fishermen at work.  I had never seen that style of fishing, and I don’t know exactly why, but the ‘block’ vanished,  I was inspired again, I felt good about my plan, and I was happy to be out in the world!

So today’s lesson was:  don’t try so hard + go with the flow.

ps.  even though i didn’t take any art supplies on my walk,  i did have my phone, and was able to get a few photos of the fishermen


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I first heard about Savannah because it has one of the best art schools on the east coast.IMG_0431
An interesting thing about the school is that it is one of the rare places where you can get a degree in Architecture Historical Preservation.IMG_0437
The school has been a big part of preserving a large part of Savannah’s Historical district.

Savannah is one of the few urban areas in the south with a lots of buildings from the pre-civil war era.
most of the cities in the south were destroyed by the North.
With it’s many blocks of old buildings, a visit to Savannah is like a trip back in time.

The neighborhoods are built around ‘squares’ with parks in the middle.


Sorry for so sharing so many pictures, but these are just a tiny fraction of the beautiful parts of Savannah.

You can imagine how hard it has been for me, as an artist, to choose where I wanted to make art, and how I wanted to capture the feeling of the city

I ended up deciding to make a broad sketch of the city and include as much as possible.

Savannah sits on the river and is a big port town.
There are lots of big boats along the river

And old factories converted into shops and restaurants

So while i was sitting by the river, I sketched this view of the town, it’s city hall, boats, bridge and warehouse with my ipad.
I feel like it captured the essence of the town, and will make a great composition for block prints and paintings.