| 29 January, 2014 16:37
Having been inspired by the Spanish explorers, it has been an adventure traveling around Florida for a year exploring where they explored 500 years ago. And to my great surprise, El Galeon, the replica tall sailing ship of Ponce de Leon, returned from Spain to dock in St. Augustine. The current Spanish sailors from Sevilla had sailed around the state during 2013 so Floridians could board the ship to see what it was like. Popular with everyone, especially children who dressed in pirate costumes for fun, the ship sailed back for more!
I wanted to capture all of this excitement in paintings which I named "I Believe in Discovery I & II". They formed a diptych to make a large seascape/landscape of Ponce de Leon's landing on the east coast of Florida. Sand dunes, palms, blowing sea grasses, the ocean and the ship at anchor formed the composition in oil against an orange sky. A poet, Carla Santa Morales, wrote a poem about this painting:
"We are born for this... At 9 months the world erupts into... A vast universe...Farther than even our mother's hands...Can reach to the ends of...Darkness is suddenly painted every possibility...We find our smiles soon after....those glorious trophies adorning each conquest...I believe in revelation...In surprise...In revamping and unveiling...I believe in miracles big and small...That keep us in awe of what's around us...I believe we are....eternal discoveries...We are energy that hasn't found out how to die...only how to transform...I believe being humble enough to see things....for the first time more than once is its own form of beauty...I believe in learning what we thought we already knew...In realistic innocence, the breath of curiosity and the phrase...The world is yours...I believe in Discovery."
As C.S. Lewis said, "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." Keep exploring! Keep discovering! Studying history propels us to discover the future.
These paintings sold as soon as they were hung in the gallery!