Beauty in a Bottle
original 8" x 12" watercolor painting
I have a wonderful artist/photographer friend, Anni Jones, who lives in Oregon. For about 25 years, the Oregon coast has been one of my favorite ocean places, and I absolutely cannot tell you how gorgeous the beaches, rocks, and sand dunes are. When my children were young, we pulled a trailer and camped there for our summer holidays. Even though it was pouring rain the one year, and we had a tent trailer which dripped condensation the entire time, it was one of the best holidays ever!
Anni gets to travel to the coast quite a bit, and this last time got some spectacular pictures of the ocean pounding on the rocks, as well as some very interesting items on the sand. This bottle was one of the wonderful pictures she shared on Facebook. Even though she is a fabulous artist herself, she gave me permission to use the photo as the basis for this painting.
I love this bottle - all the colors in the glass, and the rusty growth on the bottle top and along the sides of the glass. It makes me long to be someplace where I can beachcomb - something we spent hours doing when in Oregon. I had great fun doing this painting. Thanks, Anni, for sharing your great talent with me, and encouraging me to use this photo for a painting!