Every morning I woke up early to paint the beach sunrise! The house is quiet and the beach empty!
Yes there still are places with empty beaches in July! The daily experience of sitting ( while the coffee brewed) on the deck and watching the sun come up bright and orange at the horizon moving to pink, yellow and finally hot white is awesome. Some days are perfectly clear, others cloudy or stormy- clouds make for interesting sunrises and interesting lives too!
Our first day at Topsail Island was crystal clear and these two paintings come from that day. I chose to paint the early part of the sunrise as the fiery orange globe emerges from the cool mist, and then the shadowed sand dune at my feet.
Suddenly I’m reminded of a German dish named “Himmel und Erd” – heaven and earth- as I remember it’s made of sautéed apples and onions. That’s where we are right between heaven and earth. Or is it all mixed together heaven on earth and earth in heaven?<!–more–>