Friday, August 29, 2014

Lessons of Summer & Beaches

Sand & Stones
Paint Party Friday

4x6" Water Soluble Pencil on 140# Strathmore Paper
©BEDeuel Bronson Hill Arts 2014

It's the semi-official conclusion of this year's summer: Labor Day weekend.

It's the weekend that reminds us of all the things we wanted to do and of all that we didn't get done this summer.

Having spent the majority of my childhood near Long Island beaches,  it's odd having gotten through entire summer seasons without burying my toes in the coarse, sparkling sand for many years now.

The beaches were the place we went to celebrate freedom from the rigors of school at the first chance in June. Too much sun, freezing water, and lots of unneeded sand in the shoes officially began the long, lazy vacation. Throughout the season, cars would be packed tight with bodies and coolers and blankets for the day's outing to "the" beach. The summer ended with tans for some, freckles for others, jellyfish warnings in the heated ocean water, and a wonderful sense of justified lethargy.

Everyone was different in their perspectives, goals and needs. But, we were all the same when we played and baked our bodies by the ocean's side. And, no matter what sadnesses we carried, there was just happiness that reflected off those quartz granules.

Maybe that's why, though it's on my "summer to-do-list" every year, I have rarely made it back to a beach.

It wouldn't be the same. It couldn't be the same. None of us are the same as we were then. And, that's all right.

Summer ending can be a good thing, because, as noted by many before me, without winter's cold, how could we appreciate the summer's warmth?

We never seem to do everything we want to do because those every-day demands get in the way. But if we were always able to do everything we wanted, how would we appreciate what we have been able to do?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Trail to Light
Fire Island Lighthouse 2012
©BEDeuel Bronson Hill Arts


  1. I love your sand and stones art, Barb. I know what you mean about returning to a place from childhood. It is never the same. One thing is that things seem so much smaller (due to the fact that we are bigger!) Have a great weekend.

  2. Beautiful pieces. I think even so, you should make the time to feel that sand and stone beneath your feet before too long!

  3. Great ideas and perspectives, ladies! Thank you!


  4. Beautiful work, love the photo, too. Valerie

  5. Wow this was beautifully written... My sentiments exactly. I do love driving along the beach or sitting in a resturant along the beach but it's been a few years since I have basked in the sun on a beach! This year not at all!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. It's the same for us, we don't get everything done, but hey we have had a great Summer regardless. Have a great weekend :-)

  7. This is such a lovely post with beautiful art. Have a nice weekend

  8. Lovely work and a beautiful light house :)

  9. Very clever art with the sand and stones, and I enjoyed your thoughts of the beach.

  10. loving the pebbles on the sand. Happy PPF, Annette x


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