You probably built sandcastles on the beach as a kid. Maybe you still do! Why exactly do we construct these towers out of sand, packing down the grains firmly and decorating them with seashells and seaweed? And who invented sandcastle competitions? Maybe you’ve witnessed a sandcastle competition on an island beach, with men and women laboring under the sun, trowels and hands working feverishly against a tight deadline. It’s incredible what these artists are able to achieve, a
Whenever we Island Runaways spot artwork that really and truly celebrates island life and tropical nature, we can't wait to share it with you. Today we're thrilled to feature the watercolors and prints of Ellen Negley, a Florida-based artist. She kindly agreed to be interviewed about her paintings by email. In the process we discovered that Ellen has an "Island Runaway" story of her own! (Detail of "Dockside Dreaming II," with the Jupiter, Florida lighthouse. Photo (c) Ellen
Can you imagine setting off to sea, just you and your significant other, to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a wooden sailboat? I have to admit, I don't think I have the nerve needed for such an undertaking, not considering all the things that could go wrong, from leaks to mechanical breakdowns to seasickness. (Norna, a sailboat built for adventure. Photo (c) Kourtney Patterson.) Maybe that's why I'm so fascinated by the runaway adventures and island explorations of Kourtney Patte
There’s nothing like a piece of art to help conjure up the islands, even when your last getaway is but a distant memory. One artist we’ve discovered recently lives far away from Island Runaways headquarters. Alison Fennell paints and makes her home in Wales in the United Kingdom. (An endearing seahorse by Alison Fennell. Photo (c) Alison Fennell.) I first came across photos of Alison’s brilliantly colorful watercolors through her shop, Eastwitching, on Etsy, the online market
So, maybe you’re heading to the islands soon and you need a great beach read. Or maybe you’re just DREAMING of the islands, and want a book to transport you to the tropics, and wrap you up in an excellent tale? Or…you need a Christmas present, quick, for an avid reader! Whatever the case, the Island Runaways have a literary recommendation. The novel’s called Hemingway Lies and the Search for Sam, and we’ve frankly fallen for this absorbing tale by William H. Strickland. Part
Have you ever dreamt of escaping to tropical islands to paint the tremendous natural beauty? This is exactly what artist Eileen Seitz has done, from distant Bora Bora to the Caribbean shores of Jamaica. She paints island life while soaking up the wonder and culture of each exotic destination. “I love what I do,” Eileen admits. “It creates a lot of joy in a lot of people’s lives through color, line, and theory.” (Detail, The Mango House, photo courtesy of the artist) The arti
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