Saturday, August 29, 2009

Edisto Island, S.C.

At our house "vacation" means the beach, and for the past 11 years that beach has been Edisto Island, S.C. Fairly isolated by East Coast standards, it takes a good 40 minute drive to reach any type of major commercial development. The beach itself is mainly homes, private and rental, family owned businesses, and a condensed Piggly Wiggly grocery store. What the island lacks in upscale amenities is made up by a great beach and stunning scenery. It's not for everyone but perfect for my taste and sensibility.
The great American artist, Jasper Johns, purchased a home on Edisto in the early 60's, living and painting there through much of that decade. In college we were shown a film of him working in his studio, (which appeared to be a screened in porch). I tried to find it on YouTube, no luck. The above sculpture is a homage to his friend, the poet Frank O'Hara, a frequent guest. If you visit the island be sure to check out the BBQ joint run by his half brother, "Po Pigs Bo-B-Q", on Highway 174.

Summer's over folks.

The stunning photo at the top of the post is by Heath Cash, see more here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vacation

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Every summer my painting stops, the heat in Atlanta turns the brain to mush and my limbs to lazy noodles. I don't try to fight these lackadaisical urges, (which tend to last about 3 weeks). Time is spent reading, cleaning, and preparing surfaces to paint on. What a perfect time to hit the beach.
Above: Maddi's video of the birds on Edisto Island, S.C. 2009