Sunday, 4 September 2011

My Style of Beach Treasure


The Inspiration Avenue Blog challenge this week is Beach Treasures which to tell you the truth completely freaked me out, because the only thing to treasure about the beach is coming home from it. I can't stand going to the beach... I like beach holidays and like the smell of the salty air and love that Matt and Phoebe enjoy it so much, but I would happily not set foot on one... too much sand and its hot and there are blue bottles and jelly fish... gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.

So I got in and started trying to come up with some positives, I like the smell of sunscreen, so did some sketches of that, don't mind shells, though to tell you the truth when I think of shells I usually think of the cliched souvenirs. Driftwood just leaves stuff everywhere and sand... don't get me started on sand. I swear I was getting sand off the dog for three weeks after our last trip to Coolum. I sketched and drew, I talked to Matt and Phoebe  and went back through sketchbooks and photos, but all week it has driven me quietly mad.

I eventually gave in and admitted defeat and used a photo I took at Seaside last December , which is my beach treasure, and that is the shower on the deck that meant I was home, away from the sand, the scorching December sun and the plague of bluebottles that were washing up all over the beach all week, finally washing away the salt that had crusted on my skin, close to the kettle and a cup of tea and a sunlounger and my book and a relaxing swim in the pool. That is my idea of a beach treasure.

13 comments:

New End Studio said...

Tracey, getting home and then relaxing from the beach sounds good, too. Some of my best beach visits were off season, quiet, and less cluttered views. As soon as I saw your photo, I could see you wanted to wash the sand away!

dthaase said...

just spent some time going through your blog - wonderful work here - great style!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have to admit, this is by far the funniest post I've read on the IA challenges this week. I laughed from start to finish. Loved this post and your take on the beach and all things beachy.

artangel said...

Aw Tracey I'm sorry I freaked you out with my challenge theme hee hee!

Love your submission though - great take on the theme and in finding the positive!

I really like your photo - the composition is very effective. You relax now and enjoy your tea, I promise not to mention the "b" word again! ;)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks for all the positives about my nemesis topic... maybe there is some positive in the beach after all... or maybe not!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

I absolutely love this image. I recall playing volleyball all day at the beach in Florida and was very grateful for those showers!
Stay inspired!

Amanda said...

I have come over from Inspiration Avenue. I love your piece and your post. It was fun to read because that is how I feel about camping in the mountains.. so funny I just change sand for mud.. haha.. I love sand but you are right, it gets everywhere but somehow I love it. This is my first visit to your blog and it is wonderful, love your artwork. Thanks for sharing.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks Michelle and Amanda...Michelle I lived in Jupiter Fla for four years and think you would need a sandblaster to get that sand off... but have to say think that camping in mud would be even worse... don't know what I was complaining about ! xx

Tracey Potter said...

You have been very busy Trace! Great shot. I loved reading your post too.

Mary C. Nasser said...

I love your creative approach to beach treasures!
Fabulous!

Thank you, too, for joining my art blog hop and posting the button on your site!
So glad I found your blog through the hop...
I am your newest follower!

Thanks for the inspiration, and wishing you all the best,
Mary

ChatElaine said...

Enjoyed my visit, its a great shot and loved hearing your story about your nemesis!! I do enjoy the beach I prefer sand to pebbles, shingle, rocks, I always fall off the rocks and the pebbles and shingle hurt my feet but love to see the sea even though here in UK its never seems to be a nice blue more murky brown/grey really!! Maybe the next challenge will be more your thing! Loved looking through your art! 80))

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Thanks so much to Mary and ChatElaine, and all those who have taken the time to visit and comment. I have had a really wonderful two weeks since joining in the IA challenge and have found so many like minded and supportive people and had the chance to look at and read so many wonderful blogs that I am feeling very blessed and I am so inspired that my mind is going at a million miles an hour in the best possible way. xx

Donna Parsley said...

Well, that's a unique way to have fun on a beach, aside from skim boarding and making sand castles. How many things did you get there last summer?