It was both terrifying and exciting at the same time for me to get into this little Cessna 206 four-seater to head off on a flying adventure. I never had a fear of flying until recently, and when my friend, Heiko called to see if we would like to join him for a ride, my imagination was both for and against the idea. But, as Jen Sincero says, you gotta be “ter-cited” (terrified and excited at the same time to break through your terror barriers ~ to get to the good stuff on the other side!) And truly, there are so many things I am afraid of in life, but the best things have always happened to me because I just got a grip and did it. So, knowing this, I closed down my spiraling nervous mind, looked out the windows, held my breath for pretty much the ENTIRE takeoff and took pictures...and how glad am I now since finding so much inspiration from that little ride that I could bring home with me to create new artwork.
Taking off downtown from Albert Whitted Airport in St. Pete, (directly across the street from the famed Dali Museum) reminded me of why we chose this place for this chapter in our lives : aviation (for my husband, the plane addict) + art (for me) + sailing (for us) + city culture ...and just a beautiful city overall ~ how could we NOT give it a shot?
Beautiful view of the coastline, seen in the photo below of the bridge to Tierra Verde and beyond....
My birds eye view of Shell Key Nature Preserve and Fort DeSoto...
I’m glad I said “yes” to moving outside my comfort zone on this one. It was indeed a thrill, white knuckles and all.
The video below shows the painting I made shortly after returning from my Cessna-in-the-sky afternoon:
To see more art featuring Shell Key Nature Preserve, and the Florida Gulf Coast, check out this post about my recent Bunces Pass Painting inspired by the photography with permission of Kyle Henrick.