I went to the ocean today. I wore a flannel and put a braid in my hair. I packed my bag, in it went my book, sketchbook, water bottle, camera and a scarf. I rode my bike and within fifteen minutes I was surprised at how soft and warm the sand felt on my feet. I don't think I had ever been to a beach with so many gray hues. Overcast in so many ways. Beautiful though, completely. And relaxing, and exactly what I needed. Now I find myself sitting at my kitchen table with one of my current paintings propped on an easel in front of me. Envisioning the different directions the piece could be taken, doing my best to stay relaxed and inspired. Holding on to the ocean for as long as I can.