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More Playing With Colors

And the color phase continues. Every time I finish one of these pieces it makes me smile. They bring me right up out of the fog (both literally and figuratively). I am reminded of summer and warmth and the sand that sifts between my toes. I can smell the barbeques and feel the waves lapping rhythmically against my feet. I taste the salty air on my lips and curl up beneath the shade of a beach umbrella, completely content with life.

"Beachcomber's Paradise" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“Beachcomber’s Paradise” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"A Parasailer's Heaven" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“A Parasailer’s Heaven” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"California Dreamin" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“California Dreamin” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

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Playing With Colors

The New Year finds me playing with colors and texture. I suppose it was some subconscious shift from the dark events that occurred in our country at the end of 2012 and the hope that 2013 will be a brighter and more colorful year. Whatever the reason, this week I found myself pushing color and texture on a few beach scenes I had shot with my iPhone while down in Santa Monica at the LA Mobile Arts Festival last summer. Although it is most likely a temporary direction in my art, I am having a lot of fun with these pieces and they have a way of keeping my spirits high during a very busy time in my life.

"A Surfer's Sunset" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“A Surfer’s Sunset” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"The Pier" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“The Pier” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"The Beach Electric" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“The Beach Electric” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

"Beach Time" - ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

“Beach Time” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.

Primary Apps used for all these pieces: procamera, camera+, iris, glaze, blender

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Rusty Pier

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2010.

Photo: Rusty Pier, Port Townsend, Washington.

One of my favorite places to visit in the Pacific Northwest is the little town of Port Townsend, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.  A true Victorian-era seaport, it’s just a short, enjoyable ferry ride across the straits from Seattle.  For the past 33 years, the town has been host to the Wooden Boat Festival in September and I have been fortunate enough to attend two of those years.  More than 300 beautifully crafted wooden vessels sail and motor into the Point Hudson Marina for the event which draws visitors from all over the world and is graced by some of the top wooden boat experts in the nation.  There’s just something about strolling through that quaint little town, viewing all the refurbished vessels of yore, feeling the cool ocean air caress my skin and tasting that salty air on my lips that gets me dreaming.  Dreaming of a life way out at sea with the waves lashing across the bow and the winds filling the sails to take me to distant shores…I think it’s past time to pay Port Townsend another visit.

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