Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spirit of the Gulf

Thank you to Suzanne McDermott for inviting me to join this group. Please check out her blog for her poetic thoughts on the tragedy that is ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico. I have been fortunate to visit the Gulf of Mexico every year since 1994 and I'm always amazed by its beauty. My heart aches for the people of the area who are losing their businesses and jobs as well as their paradise.


  • Find a photo or other resource depicting some living aspect of the Gulf of Mexico before the oil disaster or
  • Tap into your spirit and use your imagination
  • Make a drawing, painting or other piece of creative work with love and gratitude for the beautiful life of whatever you're depicting.
  • Post what you make on your website, include a link to this post to Spirit of the Gulf Challenge
  • (or the facebook group — (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=127832103901693) and put the icon below in your sidebar with a link to this post (or the facebook group).
  • Invite 5 of your friends or favorite artists to accept this challenge, include a link to this post, the facebook page, copy this description of the challenge and the icon below for their sidebar.

My Gulf of Mexico sketches.

What a magical sight it is to watch a Gulf rainstorm dance it's way to the shore. What silly sight it is to see me try and out run one! This was done recently from memory.

These sketches were done on site a while ago to catch one day of many moods on the Gulf.

To complete Suzanne's challenge I invite Elaine Magliacane, Dan Kent and any other artist out there who would like to share their vision of the Gulf of Mexico to join us in a visual tribute to the area, its people and creatures.


  1. Thanks for the invite Barbara, growing up in Georgia I've visited the Beaches of the Gulf of Mexico since I was 4 years old... that was a VERY long time ago. This oil spill makes me heart SICK on so many levels, for the people, the wildlife, the fish, the beaches, the marshes and swamps...it's is a disaster.

  2. Thank you so much for your invitation - it is well placed because I am not only heartbroken, I am ANGRY. What I feel like painting the black oil encroaching on the beauty! But I will follow the rules. I am afraid for my State - for Pensacola, and for the Keys, and for my own South Florida. I am worried about what will happen when a hurricane comes and it is raining oil. I accept.

  3. These look great. Thanks for rising to the challenge!

  4. Beautiful paintings and I love the simple beauty of the sketches on site :)

  5. Very nice paintings - all of them.

  6. Beautiful scene at the top....completely peaceful and wonderful.