Charleston is a fascinating city. We drove from Myrtle Beach down highway 17. We stopped at Huntington Beach State Park and visited Atalaya, the home of Anna and Archie Huntington. Archie was a philanthropist and writer. Anna was a twentieth century sculptor known for her realistic animal sculptures. They built the modern castle on land that had been a rice plantation. It’s a fascinating work of art. Anna loved all animals and she was a breeder of Scottish Deerhounds. There were also stalls for the horses, and even pens for the occasional bear. Anna would only use live models for her sculptures. It’s difficult to get a proper perspective of the house without being there. It’s like a giant labyrinth.
We entered Charleston over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It’s a suspension bridge that crosses the Cooper River. It’s quite impressive. It is a cable-stayed bridge that’s 575 feet high. The total length is 13,200 feet!
After settling in at the hotel we went for a walk to see what was nearby. Old Charleston reminds me of New Orleans. It’s a beautiful city with lots of old churches and historic buildings. The harbor park is beautiful and you can see Ft. Sumter in the distance and the USS Yorktown across the bay. We had dinner at Old Towne Grill & Seafood. It’s a Greek restaurant so of course we ate there. The owner was actually visiting Greece so I didn’t get to practice my Greek. The food was incredible! The avgolemeno soup was the best I’ve ever eaten. (No offense to my Annoula). I bought a large jar of their spices to bring home. Dan had moussaka and I had the gyro plate. We got Greek potatoes as our side. We did not leave hungry! I almost forgot the mention the dolmathes for an appetizer, along with a delicious Greek white wine.
We ended the night at the market. On Fridays and Saturdays they have local artisans and there were three buildings full of paintings, jewelry, stained glass and many unique items. Oh and the pralines…..well I bought a pound of them. They told me they would be good for 14 days! We’ll see if they make it home. I bought this lamp, can’t really explain how they put it together. The lighthouse painting is done on reclaimed tin from the area by an artist named James Trimm. He paints only with his fingers and fingernail.
What a great first day!
It’s early here in Myrtle Beach. I got up for sunrise but it seems that the 18,000 plus steps my Fitbit logged yesterday put a little kink in my knee! I do love walking on the beach. I must leave my high perch on “Mt. Olympus” and join the world of the mortals once again!
It won’t be so bad. Charleston awaits with its historic charm. We will be tourists there and I think there will be ample subjects to keep this photographer busy. I look forward to a new place with new adventures. So I leave you with a quiet moment. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.
I was walking the beach this morning and a larger shell caught my eye. I walked over to it and you can imagine my surprise when I got close. I have heard of message in a bottle but never seen message in a shell. I made a photo and left it there for the next person to read. I always wonder where things come from, where they have been, and why I happen upon them when I do. Interesting!
I haven’t been working in my art journal as much as I thought I would. The artist happy cards are a quick art fix. Thursday I glued some shells in my journal and added some doodles. It’s a happy beach page.
These little black shells are all over the beach. I made earrings already. This little one transformed into an artist card thought for the day. Two more days in Myrtle Beach. I think we may do a little sightseeing today. I find it very hard to leave the beach. What a great way to meditate! I can watch the waves for hours.
Take a breath and enjoy today!
We came out of the resort restaurant Monday night and the ocean was this beautiful pink! The sun sets around 8:30 in Myrtle Beach. Of course the beach faces the east. I had my phone and snapped these photos. They were not altered in any way! I took the elevator to our condo on the 17th floor and looked out to the west. This glorious fireball sun was behind the clouds. Quite a contrast from the soft, silky pink on the other side.
I should note that the pink sea photos were taken at 8:36 and 8:37, and the fireball sun was taken at 8:41 pm.
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
I wanted to share some art from our Wears Valley trip. As usual Deliah was making art every day. She will work for hours on a project. A true artist at age 6! She bought a blank puzzle and used neocolor water soluble crayons. The puzzle is 16×20 inches.
The last two images are artist trading cards that Robin created. These were her first ATCs and they turned out great. I have been using the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch cards as happy cards or inspiration cards. I keep a couple in my purse to leave in random places. I feel that whoever finds the card needed to see its message.
Congratulations to my fellow artists! Beautiful work.