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Waterlemon Cay St. John US Virgin Islands

I was always so jealous for my mom and dad’s ability to take these awesome vacations while in retirement, they deserved it and i was happy for them. Now that is over as my dad is gone. This artwork is from a beach vacation they took together in 2007.

In 2007, Barry, his wife and two of our friends went on a dream vacation to St. John’s Island in the US Virgin Islands. A major purpose for the trip was to see the incredible national park there which includes about 2/3rds of the island and bays surrounding it. We rented snorkle gear for the week and spent lots of time exploring the amazing crystal clear blue-green waters, coral, fish, octopus, rays, and other aquatic life. However, Barry doesn’t like to snorkle quite as much as his wife and friends.

When we went to explore Waterlemon Bay and it’s Cay (little island), Barry brought his portable watercolors and a pad of watercolor paper. This painting took about 2.5 hours on-site and another hour back where we stayed, for a total of about 3.5 hours to complete. Neighbors wanted to buy it, but we couldn’t agree on a price.

The painting is done in transparent watercolors on 140# Arches cold pressed paper which measures 14″ by 20″.


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