Alki – Beginning To End

Alki is a magical little place in West Seattle. I’ve loved it from the moment I was introduced to it and I try to visit often for beach time and COLOR fun.

Last night I had the pleasure of “rising above” one of my favorite photo spots and enjoying dinner on a roof deck. When I parked my car the light was perfect! The water was still, like glass, with the beautiful light reflecting off it.

A scene of silver and blue.

The inspiration was running on overdrive as I took my camera out.

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As the evening unfolded and the colors around me deepened and shined brightly in the sky the inspiration grew…

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From beginning to end.

A special thank you to Ginny Trethewey for a wonderful dinner and opening her home and heart to me (and my camera). And, to Jan Allen and Debbie Phillips for continuing to share inspiration and support and connecting me to such wonderful women! Women On Fire!!

Melissa

Strong and Soft

We’ve had some amazing sunsets in Seattle lately due to smoke from fires far away. Today I picked a “stand in” image from a sunset a few weeks ago. It spoke to me with its beautiful colors of course but it also seemed to represent how life feels some days.


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The waves are strong and tumultuous. The sky a soft and calm reminder of gentler days to come. Some days that’s how I feel when I make it out to see the sunset.

Ending a hectic day.

Creating a “canvas” for a peaceful new start.

Taking in the energy and beauty of color around me. Refilling my “tank”…

Hope, as my friend Ann might say.

If you have some tumultuous waves rolling by today I hope you find your soft and calm moments to carry you forward…or just a pretty sunset to end the day and feed you color.

Melissa

Flowers For Friday

It has been one LONG week! My extended holiday last week created overwhelm this week and I had no chance to COLOR!

Speaking of extended holiday, I took the ferry out to Port Townsend last week and had a GREAT time. I really love Port Townsend. It’s a “sea side” town heavy on maritime and it is beautiful! In some ways it reminds me of my favorite place, Martha’s Vineyard.

Port Townsend even has a Foundation For Wooden Boats and an annual Wooden Boat Festival! My kinda town and of course I dug around in some boat yards while there.

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I always get excited when I happen upon a pink boat. Somehow it feels special and unusual, like a rare colored gem. Hanging out with this pink lady was doubly exciting because I “saw” something in her…or on her.

Tulips!

Do you see them? A beautiful display of pink tulips. Delicate petals and blooms hidden on the bottom of a boat. A treasure meant to discover if you take the time to look.

Friday flowers for you!

Melissa

PS…I’m off to Canada this weekend for more camera COLOR fun! Can’t wait to share the bounties from this month’s adventures! Stay tuned…

A Perfectly Painted Sky

Last week I visited a new beach near Edmonds called Richmond Beach. It’s a beautiful spot with a park lot sitting atop an expansive overlook of the Puget Sound. As I walked down to the beach, across a bridge that takes you over a railroad track, and turned around a blind curve the most beautiful sunset appeared to my right. My pace quickened, knowing you have to get the color before it becomes only a memory in your minds eye.

The colors were amazing and I remember thinking how soft, soothing and perfect the sky’s pastel tones were against the blue waters of the Puget Sound. It almost didn’t seem real, more like a painting I was standing in front of. But, it was real and I really wanted to capture its essence and softness to share with you all.

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This was my first, and best, shot of the night. It almost captures the peaceful softness of the view before me.

But, some of its magic can only be found back in my mind’s eye.

Melissa

See the new gallery of abstract canvas prints now available on my website!

Fireworks

Happy 4th of July!!!

Coloring with an old image today that always reminds me of fireworks.

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Water Colors Ally

I hope you have a safe and colorful 4th!

I’m taking off for some road trip adventures the rest of the week so I’m putting a pause on the color. I’ll be back next week!

Melissa

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