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Pirates On Pavilion Key
Painting - Oil On Stretched Canvas
Oil painting "Pirates on Pavilion Key" was completed in March, 2012 and is an ongoing study in art of pristine Florida. The fact that pirates were on Pavilion Key, does not mean that it is not pristine.
Pavilion Key is on the leading edge of The Ten Thousand Islands, facing the Gulf of Mexico, and contains beautiful, soft white sands, surrounded by the beautiful, clear aqua waters where roughly 200 species of fish have been documented, a perfect stopover for one of Florida's native birds - the Great White Heron, like the one in this tropical scene, silently wading through these clear shallow waters adjacent to a small cluster of Mangroves searching for an unsuspecting fish. In the left foreground is a sand dune with two Coconut Palm Trees, sheltering the beautiful secluded lagoon with its soft white sandy beach, a perfect site for pirates to land their longboat and bury their treasures.
Our observing eyes now turn to Riley's hallmark, the inquisitive black-headed gull (Larus Ridibundus). Is this gull peering down in search of a fish for breakfast, or watching our pirates who have beached a strange object on the sand ?
Anchored offshore in the deeper waters of The Gulf .... what do we espy ? Yes, a pirated Spanish galleon !
A Little Background About the Pirates on Florida's Gulf coast:
Stories of pirates and buried treasure are commonplace on Florida Islands - a mixture of historical fact, myth, fabrication, and indeed, true ones !
One such pirate, Jose Gaspar - nicknamed "The Last of The Buccaneers" - was fact - not fiction. It was Gaspar - also called Gasparilla - and his crew who prowled the West Coast of Florida seeking hiding places for their buried treasure. In fact, Gaspar sailed into Tampa Bay and invaded the city of Tampa, Florida - and for over 100-years Tampa has "celebrated" that occasion by organizing their "Annual Gasparilla Parade" - complete with invasion by a genuine pirate ship with a motley crew of genuinely-costumed pirates - quite a sight to behold !
The real Jose Gaspar had a pavilion built on Pavilion Key which was used to hold abducted, kidnapped members of royalty which he held for ransome ! That, my art-loving friends, is a true fact !
I hope that you enjoy this island-wilderness study as much as I did painting it ! Thank you for looking !
April 5th, 2012
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