We recently drove to Texas to pick up our granddaughter and take her to the beach. It was wonderful being able to introduce an eight year old to the ocean for the first time. We went down to South Padre Island which my husband and I first visited forty years ago. Needless to say, it has changed quite a bit. When we initially visited, it had one Holiday Inn, a couple of mom and pop hotels, a few ramshackle houses and a few restaurants. Of course, most people go there for the ocean and the beautiful beaches.
Everything has changed except the beaches. Still beautiful. Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. But the Gulf side is now lined with high rises and there are now many, many eateries and other things to do. We took an Eco and Dolphin watch tour, visited the Sea Turtle Sanctuary, and went to the light house.
I usually take some painting materials on my trips but this time I restricted myself to just watercolors. One thing I love to do is paint postcards and mail them to friends. I’m not sure where I came up with this idea but I think it was when I read about a guy who financed his trip to Europe by preselling postcards.
Amazingly, they come through the mail just fine. Yes, mailing original art. With a stamp. I make the cards from heavy watercolor stock of at least 140 lb.