For 22 years I had a private gallery of my own work in Sunny Days Plaza located in Homosassa, Florida. I called it Valorie's Art Gallery at the suggestion of my friend, Gloria Pearson. Why didn't I think of that? Gallery is the only word that rhymes with Valorie.
One day a stranger brought in a black and white vintage photo of coconut trees and grass huts of Bogota, Columbia, for me to paint.
To add interest to the painting it needs a "working woman". I chose a woman hanging up her laundry. My friend, Lee, modeled for her. There's a red boat stashed alongside the clothesline pole at the water's edge. Volcanic mountains pierce silvery aqua waters of the Pacific coast.
Coconut palm fronds splinter the turquoise-blue and rosy sky. Long shadows cast across the communal yard. Several huts crowned with golden grasses are illumined by the rising sun. Purple cotton-candy clouds kiss the mountain-tops.
The day is beginning, here, in Paradise.