Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beach Dreaming

With the hot Summer in full swing, I can't help but let my mind drift into a lazy daydream that features the cool misty beach. Two of my very favorite are Pebble Beach and the ever so enchanting Coronado Island.

When most people think of Pebble Beach they see the famous PGA or celebrity golf tournament. For me, however, the fame and fortune of this quiet hideaway fades as I remember happy memories as a young adult. Quickly racing to the rocky sand after work, I would plunge my tired feet into the cool foam of the Pacific water, washing the stress from my body and soul while breathing the ocean mist.

Coronado Island congers up charming memories of my little boys digging and laughing as they play in the sand. This is a peaceful family place as well as a secret lovers dream. It is a Victorian town filled with romantic tales of King Edward of England and his lady love Wallace Simpson. And who could ever forget the haunting movie of "Somewhere In Time" with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymore?

"Reflection" by Dan McCaw

These two beaches also remind me of my favorite contemporary impressionist painter, Dan McCaw who's paintings I would admire on my lunch hour at the Trailside Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. His earlier works were of his wife and children at the beach with soft reflective colors. McCaw's style now seems to be more painterly laced with bold and dark colors. I wish I would have bought one of his earlier works when they were only $2,000 to $4,000 (now they are $20,000), but it seemed like an impossible splurge at the time.