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Lighthouses - Another Nautical Inspiration

What is a lighthouse?

It is typically a conical shaped tower that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as a navigational aid for maritime pilots. Lighthouses can be at sea or on inland waterways. They mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Because of the expense associated with their maintenance, the number of lighthouses in operation has declined and they are now being replaced by modern electronic navigational systems such as strobes. [caption id="attachment_1481" align="aligncenter" width="492"]Stars can't shine without darkness Stars can't shine without darkness[/caption] If this post seems like Déjà vu, it's because I have addressed this topic before here. But this time around, I am seeing things a little different. Please Indulge while I tell you a story. Recently, I lost my way. Because I live the isolated life of an artist, I was craving companionship so I decided to lend my talent for marketing to a local small business. The potential camaraderie was enough of an enticement.  Unfortunately, my zeal to help, left no time for  a creative outlet. I become obsessed with trying to grow someone else's business with zero marketing budget - it was a challenge - one that became increasingly difficult because my client was resistant to change. Let's just say, I now know why small businesses remain small. I needed to get back to basics. I needed to create, so I went to my favorite place - the beach, and I spent hours simply gazing at the water and I was inspired. [caption id="attachment_1490" align="aligncenter" width="400"]lighthouse Lighthouse in the Afternoon[/caption] My illustrations are typically more cartoon like - I guess you could say my artwork looks like it is straight out of a coloring book, but with Adobe illustrator's help, I was able to add some more depth and details. [caption id="attachment_1489" align="aligncenter" width="400"]No clouds in sight No clouds in sight[/caption] And as day turned into night, my head was bursting with ideas and I could hardly wait to get back to my computer to digitize my ideas. [caption id="attachment_1485" align="aligncenter" width="400"]lighthouse flower pot Smoking Hot Flower Pot[/caption]

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