Day 1787 Key West Bight

Yes a Bight. That is not a typo. A Bight pronounced bite is a small area of water similar to a small bay. A curve or recess in a coastline, river, or other geographical feature. I think this is the beautiful yacht with grey sails we saw during our Sunset cruise. The sketchbook fold does not help the boats lines does it?!

I also drew the Jolly Roger across the Bight from where I sat. Oops. Left the bow sprit off. Going to add a fold out with it because it looks odd without it.

The Jolly Roger has beautiful red sails. Also a cannon like any good pirate ship would have to shoot other boats with so they can rob them. It was actually just aloud noise.

Hoping for handouts

The Bight is where a lot of the locals dock, the party catamarans and activity catamarans dock. It’s surrounded with a large variety of bars and restaurants B. O.’s and Pepe’s Cafe are both on the Bight but not on the water .

Shark??!

Huge 3-4′ tarpons and a nurse shark lurking for leftovers in that water.

There’s no telling who you will see walk by. A party of about 30 Asians following their group leader who had a flag a fisherman cleaning his catch loud party goers heading for their sunset cruise.

The most interesting animal we saw was an endangered HUGE Atlantic Giant grouper perhaps six feet long under one of the boats where the crew was cleaning fish.

Atlantic Giant Grouper

They can weight up to 700 pounds!! If you look carefully in the water in these pictures you will see a HUGE grouper. He was at least six feet long lurking for fish parts as the crew cleaned them and tossed them overboard. Eeekk.

Of course there were chickens. Always a chicken around.

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Day 1786 Key West Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse

Right in the middle of town on Whitehead. One of the only lighthouses in a town. Raised to its present height in 1895 I think. I have postcards with details somewhere probably in my suitcase.

Before I added more ink after painting.

I experimented adding more ink to the trees after I painted it. The rooster was in the grounds just not in front of the light house like I drew him. Artistic license. Right. The first lighthouse in Key West was built in 1825 along the shoreline at Whitehead Spit. Lieutenant (later Commodore) Matthew C. Perry recommended its construction to warn ships off of the treacherous shoals surrounding the island. It was a whitewashed brick tower, 47’ high from its foundation to the base of its black iron lantern. Fromhttp://www.kwahs.org/museums/lighthouse-keepers-quarters/first-lighthouse-keepers 

From the back door of the light keepers cottage

The sketch

Sketch on location. Forgot the porthole. Easy fix.

My sis in-law climbed it while I sketched

Banyan tree. which will eventually take over the yard.

Before it was moved

Loved this painting of it

Old sketch of the lighthouse and grounds

Old photos in the keepers cottage museum

Like most lighthouses its been moved.

And old postcards

Used to be a fat light house til raised in 1895

From the keepers back window

and that’s all from the Florida turnpike near Miami.

Margaret xoxoxoxo heading to Orlando #urbansketching #chickens #chooks has #keywest #islandlife #keywestlight #fluid #watercolor #art #painting #artist #painter #aquarelle #watercolor #painter #florida #lifestyleblogger #lifestylechange #charlesreid #food #restaurant #floridalife

Day 1795 Chicken Chasing

One of my favorite Kew West activities is to follow the chickens around and draw them. As you probably know they abound in Key West.

I once saw a hen and her chicks use the cross walk on Whitehead to cross the road. Truly I did. They are under the tables and chairs in a lot of restaurants like Blue Heaven and B.O.s fish wagon chomping down on scraps. Subsisting off bugs when there are no handouts.

What I drew today.

Pepe’s where we are lunch and we had the best key lime pie and best coconut pie I have ever eaten.

The recipe for the best coconut pie. Sooo good. YUM YUM!!!

We walked along Key West Bight after and I drew some more. This is the Jolly Roger that fires on us during our sunset cruise. I ran out of room for the bow sprit. Hmmm. Maybe a fold out for it?!!

The spirit of America. Managed to get it all on the page.

And our last dinner at Hog Fish Grill which must be our fav since we ate there three times.

Stillman and Birn Charles Reid palette colors.

Hyatt Beach House Key West 14×18″ cp fluid paper

Maggie on her last night in Key West. Xoxoxo

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Day 1794 painting by the pool

So many choices.

This is what I ended up painting. The beach and the Caribbean bu the Hyatt Beach House. Boats bobbing in the ocean. Gorgeous flowers and palms.

Earlier. What a way to spend the am painting in the Caribbean breezy 75 degree day. Tough right.

Find the sparrow

So brave!!!

My new painting buddy.

Then we were off to Two Friends Bar for a delicious lunch. Our first and only meal of the day. Always a chicken nearby. And a conch cruiser. Love the two tones.

After lunch a trip to the light house so gorgeous in the sunlight. And the Tennessee Williams Museum.

Just a few of his movies

Who knew so many famous movies were made from his plays. I knew he lived on Key west for 30 plus years Tim his death in 1983. His brother thinks he was murdered. 😱

Then we were off to a sunset wine and cheese cruise on the Danger Prize sail boat. I LOVED it. Highly recommend two hours of riding around on a sail boat.

Sailing off into the sunset. Manana Maggie definitely wasting away in Margarita land. Xoxoxo

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Day 1793?! Truman Ave on Parade!!

Key West is loaded with the cutest houses. Makes you just want to pack up and move here. Of course you would need a couple of million to buy this one. Oops I lied. It’s I. Foreclosure for a mere $774000 on https://www.trulia.com/p/fl/key-west/1409-truman-ave-key-west-fl-33040–2034699214?mid=0#lil-mediaTab.

I chases the chickens around so I could catch them in the sunlight for a good picture to paint at the farmers market across the street from the cute house.

Found a cute trailer at the Market for an art gallery here.

Future Maggie art gallery?!!!
And we dreamed about buying a houseboat on Garrison

Found one for $139000 including the slip.

We bought cheese tasted hummus and ogled the beautiful plants for sale.

If I could figure out how to get these pitcher plants home I would have bought one for my grandson Henry. I thought they would just get torn up on the long drive home so I passed.

Chases an iguana Aruba in front of the hotel. He wasn’t happy with me. He kept trying to hide from me BUT I would find him.

Sat on the dock a while staring at the boats moored in the bay

Yes there are long turquoise fish!!

and the fish. Can u find the fish?!!

Painted a while then off to our favorite restaurant Louie’s Backyard next to Dog Beach. Dogs have their own beach here.

Tried to take photos of the shrimp boats but they were too far out for my cell phone.

Now we are off to a gallery crawl and hopefully some wine and cheese snacks along the way.

Margaret who should be doing some laundry but hey we are in Margaritaville. Who cares?! Xoxoxox

Truman Ave on parade! #urbansketching #keywest #islandlife @onlykeywest #hyattbeachhouse #fluid #watercolor #art #painting #artist #painter #aquarelle #watercolor #painter #florida #lifestyleblogger #lifestylechange # #charlesreid #food #restaurant

Day 1792 Urban Sketching

14×14” cp fluid paper

KW style on Terry Lane between Petronia and Olivia.

Only two blocks long Terry Lane is loaded with really cute little houses. The Urban Sketchers of Key West have been meeting every Wednesday for years. The call goes out on FB.

Gorgeous greenery. You just have to ignore the trash cans. Lol. Chickens ran by as we painted and our new bff Casserole hope for rub or two. She rolled one way and then another hoping for attention. After all it was her front step I was sitting on.

Done or is ink needed.

14×18” cp fluid paper

Did the next two houses too. A chicken obligingly ran by again as I drew this one.

Then we went around the corner to eat at Blue Heaven in Petronia. We LOVE Blue Heaven. Fabulous food in a funky setting. Buckets of ice tea and killer BLT eggs Benedict. (Bacon, Lobster, Tomato) topped off with a Key Lime pie we shared.

A meringue mountain.

Well I still have to paint it.

So hot. 90 plus and steamy. Feels like 96. Drip drip. But that didn’t stop Tam and I from stopping at a cute new gallery on Petronia on the way back to the car. I mean they had urban sketches selling for hefty prices.

Painted with my Charles Reid palette. Colors used cerulean, peacock blue, burnt sienna, cad yellow light, cad red, ultramarine, alizarin, green apatite and olive green

Out the Blue Heaven Gates on Petronia

Nap time. Ttyl. Margaret off to the palm gardens at 6. How much can we cram into one day. Pool party? With free sangria and hot dogs and hamburgers.

WIP- Terry Lane w KW Urbansketchers this Am. #urbansketching #keywest #islandlife @onlykeywest #hyattbeachhouse #fluid #watercolor #art #painting #artist #painter #aquarelle #watercolor #painter #florida #lifestyleblogger #lifestylechange # #charlesreid #food #restaurant

Day 1791 Jans Boyfriend

We ate at B.O.’s Fish Wagon down on the harbor on Caroline St for lunch today.

From our 2015 trip.

They have the most awesome decorated truck which was right behind Jan. We teased her and made her blow him an air kiss which she good naturedly did.

The food is good in this junk pile of a restaurant literally made out of scrap found on the beach after hurricanes.

And the chickens were anxious for our handouts. I fed them all the yellow peppers from my salad.

Off to Draw and Drink at The Green Parrot.

Margaret xoxoxo

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Day 1790 Wasting Away

at the Hyatt Tiki Bar in a Key West. Tough life doing exactly what you want all day in paradise. My portable painter palette filled w Holbein m Graham and Daniel smith paint. . Fluid cp 140# a caran D’ache watercolor brush. Wonder where the other one is.

Still needs the sky. I like painting with the water brush but not the sky. Way too demanding for it. Or maybe for me using it. Going to use my kolinsky da Vinci #10 sable for it. I also think it could use a few more darks but the sun kept catching me so now I am chilling on the condo porch.

More darks required!

Did some editing of the tiki bar when people arrived on the left side of the bar. I didn’t ask them to move. Lol. I just walked around to the left and drew them there. Only one tiki god. There are two! Changed the chair color too. Artistic license.

A bien toit. Margaret xoxox

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Day 1789 Key West

View from our Condo

The southern most point in the US the Conch Republic a country unto itself.

Where the temps are a balmy 85.

Jaws will get ya

And weird things and people abound.

Hogfish Tacos & the required Margarita

The fish and the shrimp are fabulous.

Where you can eat dockside and enjoy the sea breezes.

Or slowly meander down the keys on the overseas highway.

Stopping to eat more good food on Key Largo at Buzzards Roost waterside at the Garden marina.

And listen to some Caribbean steel drum music before the strenuous last 125 miles to Key West.

Oh and enjoy their delicious shrimp basket. First sketch of the day. Buzzards Roost on Key Largo for lunch.

And all kinds of fascinating places to sketch. Sooner or later to paint in my coloring book.

Chilling on the back deck.

I mean it’s paint or eat my fish tacos. Guess which one won?

Knit Faster!! Christmas is Coming!!

Sooner or later these will get colored like this one at Malias.

Madeline Tosh sock Sprouting sock by Hedgehog Fibers

Lamy Safari and EF in my stillman and birn.

Margaret ready to put her feet up. Xoxoxoxo

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Day 1788 From the Sunshine Highway

Starbucks lowered down the road

We brake for Starbucks!!

How else can we get thru a 800 plus mile drive to Key West?! Nuff said.

This pair is actually done. Yeah. Cashmere for a special person.

Talk to you all tomorrow. Margaret where it’s too dark to see to kit anymore socks. Xoxoxox

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