Did you ever google a place or thing, without knowing if it actually exists? I did, and that's how I ended up painting this lighthouse on this beach. My sister requested a painting for our cousin. I made the beach and water, but I was thinking of painting a pier reaching out into the water, not a lighthouse on the beach. Then my cousin saw a picture of the canvas and said she didn't think "you can ever go wrong with a lighthouse." Well, it would need to be a lighthouse in tropical waters, because those aquas and almost greenish blues in the sky and ocean sure didn't look like anything except tropical scenery.
"Hmmmmm," I wondered. "Are there lighthouses right on sandy beaches?" The only lighthouse I've actually visited was near Daytona Beach. In fact, visiting Ponce Inlet and the red lighthouse there this summer changed my mind about lighthouses... it made me understand the interest in them. That one isn't right on the beach, though. It's surrounded by a lawn and small cabins turned museum. So, I wondered if there were any lighthouses like the one I needed to find. Turns out, there's at least one. It's called the Cape Florida lighthouse, and you can almost feel the ocean breeze blowing off that picture!
I wanna go!
I wanna walk that beach, listen to the waves, feel the wind on my face, taste the salt on my lips. I wanna wade out in that water in the early morning, torn between staring at the sunrise and searching the sand for sea shells.
I do love where I live, and I don't think I could give up having four distinct seasons...but you know, I surely wouldn't mind being able to visit a lighthouse on a sandy beach every other month or so. Yeah, I think you know the setting for my dreams tonight! Have yourself some sweet, peaceful dreams, too!