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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ghosts by the Sea

This lighthouse looks haunted! What a great atmosphere for a ghostly night by the beach. Check out this bed and breakfast...♥

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Discovering the beauty of Sea Glass ❤

Here is a lovely little story about one beachcomber's discovery of the wonders of sea glass:

If you cannot get the link to work, just go to and type in "Sea Glass", then scroll until you find this photo and then click on it ❤

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mermaids love the moon

Mermaid's love the moon! It does control the tides and the ocean after all! - And tonight is a New Moon. Time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Also time to check your moon sign! The moon sign represents ones' feminine side (the sun sign is the masculine side). I'm a Leo Moon and here's what that means for me: LEO MOONS are proud and charming people who always seem to be happy. They radiate power and natural warmth. They are generous and cordial. In turn they like to be recognized and admired and know very well how to put themselves in a scene. They don't appreciate criticism, since it would hurt their pride, which sometimes comes close to arrogance. Above all, female Leo Moons have powerful creative capabilities, which they should channel into the arts. Leo Moons can be very dominant, but they posses a loving heart. Their life is dominated by loving and being loved. Once they have made friends with somebody, they become very faithful friends and partners. But, even though they enjoy flirting themselves, they don't accepts it in their partners.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

MERMAID TAROT - Blessed Change

The New Moon is only a few days away (February 13) which is the perfect time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

"A major life change brings you great blessings"

Although you may feel as if your life is upside-down right now, everything that's occurring is for the best. This card assures you that the changes in your life are actually helping you leave behind that which no longer serves you. Change ushers in fresh opportunities to learn, grow, prosper, and create new relationships. The key is to keep breathing and enjoy the changes, even if they're intimidating
- Mermaid Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Stormy Seaside

What a perfect day at the beach ♥. The wind was gusty as it always is by the seaside in Northern California (even in the summer!), but it was kindly blowing away the BIG storm from last night leaving only crisp, clean air and beautiful puffy clouds for us to gaze at. A few drops of rain here and there only added to the mysterious atmosphere of the stormy sky. One of the most wonderful things about a stormy day at the shore is seeing the storm sweeping in from the sea and suddenly it's on top of you, and before you know it you are watching it trail away into the distance.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A New Beginning

"Feast of the waxing light, restore our hope!"

Today is the first day of Imbolc, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. In the sky tonight the four stars of Corvus the Crow are visible beneath the waning moon. It feels like a day of repair, healing and getting back on track-but not quite there yet. Seeing the sea this coming weekend will bring a much needed connection to nature and the underwater world.


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Courtney McNeil began studying painting and illustration in 1985 in London, England. Not one to stay in one place very long she continued perfecting her love of the arts while traveling the world studying painting and illustration in Europe, Hawaii, California, and Australia and eventually graduated cum laude with a BA in illustration and continued on to do her graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England.  A few years later she added to her creative interests and studied letterpress and bookmaking at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After receiving her undergraduate degree she began work at the Getty Museum in Malibu for almost a decade which allowed her to study and work among some of the most famous classic works of art in the world from Vincent Van Gogh to Manet. Teaching in the galleries of the Getty started her career in Art Education. She has been teaching painting and drawing to young artists and adults at the Davis Arts Center since 2006.