What we have now in Perdido Key is mixture of natural beach parks, such as Johnson’s Beach, and a selected group of Condos along the beach highway. But unlike South Florida, our builders have gotten the message and have found a way to build structures that can help save the beach as well as to allow us to enjoy its beauty.
When I first started painting Plein Air, I was impressed on the pastel colors of the Perdido Condos along the Intercostal Waterway. Here is a picture that I painted in 2008, looking South, towards the beach. Notice the Condos in the distant left.
A year later, in July 2009, was back again, looking at the wonderful seascape of our Lost Key. This time I was looking South West, watching the Intercostal Waterway work its way back into Orange Beach, which is in Alabama. Now the question?, do I paint what I see, or paint what I would like to see. I guess they call this “Artistic Freedom”. At a sub-conscience level, I really want Perdido Key to be the way it was back, a few decades ago. So, out with the condos and in with the Pine Trees and Scrub Oaks. Here is my impression of my beloved Perdido Key:
I have much more pictures to paint at Perdido. Pensacola is such a beautful place to live!