Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Bluffs

Fueled for adventure with crepes and coffee, I prepared to set up near the shore, when Kay pointed to a path leading to the "Bluffs". So with only camera in hand I made my first expedition, then when I saw the view, knew I'd have to make the hike again with my gear. Most of  Pensacola is just a notch above sea level, so I didn't know such a place existed here. Now if you had mentioned "the Cliffs" in my hometown in KY, it was understood you'd been out on the lake engaging in feats of bravery...jumping, flipping or diving.
Vada must have thought I never was coming off the "mountain top" to take her home. Note to self... return to this location in a few months when it's blazing hot...check out the rope swing! (Update- The Bluffs SOLD from Merrill Miller's Interiors, Orange Beach, AL.)

15 comments:

BaysideLife said...

Jill, I love this post. Your painting is lovely. I've been trying to figure out where the location of the bluffs. Are they the ones off of Scenic Highway? Back in my hometown if you had mentioned the Cliffs, you would be walking along the famed Cliff Walk in Newport, RI.

Jill Berry said...

Hey, thanks!
I'm glad you mentioned Scenic Hwy. I should scout out a painting site over there.
This spot is actually in your neck of the woods. From Garcon Pt bridge...toward Gulf Breeze...not too far from IHOP...same side...It's the North Park of that National Seashore (facing the Bay).

Karen Bruson said...

Jill,
Your paintings are always so much better than the photo. Love the brushwork in the tree.

Dana Cooper said...

Jill I love how you can take such a scene and turn it into a beautiful painting...great color!

Karen said...

What a beautiful beautiful painting. the light in this one is so perfect. And now you have another chance to wear your swimsuit while painting.
Yay!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Lovely painting Jill! The light has been captured so well.

Gilberto said...

pudgesinI always jump when somebody shows me a place of beauty, I mean serene beauty, as artists, is on our hand, more or les, the ability to discover hiding treasures or simple imagine and put there in any available site, what happens there is, your heading explorer self, is rewarded for the effort invested and we rewarded to, for your execution and interpretation of your painting. I take note of that discovery in case I fall around on this corner of the woods and enjoyed to. Worth a detour.

Michael Orwick, Orwick Arts said...

Great blog you have, glad to have found it. Best of luck with the painting.

Teresa said...

Beautiful! Love the sunlit path... so inviting!

loriann said...

Beautiful work..use use of warm and cool colors makes it strong.

Victor Errington said...

Hi Jill.
Wonderful painting. I half closed my eyes and noticed that you have got the tones spot on, well done. And again thank you for posting your photos, they are brilliant. All the best Jill.
Vic.

Luzia said...

Jill, this is a wonderful work! It reminds me on the cliffs of the eastern sea in Germany. In this summer, I want to vistit "Ahrenshoop". It´s an old and beautiful small fishers village, where a lot of artists lived and worked (1905 - 1940). I hope, that I can be part of this "inspiration" in the summertime:-)) Greetings from Luzia.

susan hong-sammons said...

fabulous. Looks like you could just stand in one spot and make several paintings. Love the warmth flooding your painting

Pam Holnback said...

As always, the painting is such an incredible depiction of the scene. I've passed the Sunshine Award on to you. Please go to my blog to get it.

Jill Berry said...

Thanks everyone for sharing the ~love~ this week with your friendly comments.
Welcome to the NEW readers!

Karen...Karen...the way I figure it you're leading the revolution over there... you've gone from painting turnips in sweats to that steamy beach scene! Did you get a Jamma-gram or anything mew to paint in this week?? [just between you & me~ It's a little known fact that down here...we keep our suits on~ just in case... but I guess tha'd be nobody's bidness but our own...!]

Gilberto-
Thanks for the wonderful note...
the concept of the artist exposing hidden treasures... that's a great job description! Wishing you travels soon.

Luzia- I do hope you get to visit there for inspiration this summer!

Susan- So true... It was difficult for me to put the camera down & choose which view to paint.

Pam- Thanks for the honor...so sweet.