An Artsy Day on Seaside’s 30-A

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For my artistic soul, nothing’s better than sitting on a beach sketching the massive ocean, the dunes, or even the clouds sagging low on the horizon. One of my favorite places in the world is along Highway 30-A in Florida–the beautiful pastel colored town of Seaside, Florida. After a day at the beach, I like to aimlessly wander through Seaside ducking in and out of art galleries and enjoying the yummy food. Here’s a typical day for this artist in Seaside, Florida.
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I arrive at Seaside around lunch time and stop at Bud and Alley’s Taco Stand for fish tacos and guacamole. I eat the same thing every time I visit Bud and Alley’s, it’s always awesome and I often have cravings in Georgia for their guacamole. Yum!

Bud & Alley's Taco Bar, best on the beach!

http://www.budandalleys.com/taco_bar.php# Bud & Alley’s Taco Bar, best on the beach!


Next I visit the Shops at Ruskin and the main square in Seaside. There are so many great art galleries, but here are two of my favorites:
http://www.artofsimpleseaside.com/  Visit them on Pinterest too!

http://www.artofsimpleseaside.com/ Visit them on Pinterest too!



Artist, Francisco Adaro www.theartofsimpleseaside.com

Artist, Francisco Adaro http://www.theartofsimpleseaside.com



Loved this painting in An Apartment in Paris by artist, Dean Bentley  http://www.anapartmentinparis.net/

Loved this painting in An Apartment in Paris by artist, Dean Bentley

Whew! It’s hot out here! I stop at Heavenly Shortcakes & Ice Cream for coffee gelato. Again, this is my traditional stop in Seaside, frosty yumminess!
[caption id="attachment_274" align="aligncenter" width="223"]http://www.sweetwilliamsltd.com/heavenly.html Serious Yum! http://www.sweetwilliamsltd.com/heavenly.html
Serious Yum!


I visit some other non-art stores but I have love them so, I can’t resist. Everything is so just so cool and has a certain aesthetic in Seaside. Here’s a few of my other favorite Seaside places. Art is everywhere, so even in Modica’s Gourmet Grocery store, I see the art in beautiful food!
Modica Market in Seaside, FL

http://www.modicamarket.com/ Modica Market in Seaside, FL


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The girls (my daughter and friend) enjoy time at the beach and meet me in the square. They have a few stores they want to browse through but soon we just enjoy walking along the streets looking at the beautiful architecture of Seaside beach houses.
Architecture in Seaside, Fl.

Architecture in Seaside, Fl.


We end the day with a frothy latte at Amavida Coffee.
Latte at Amavida Coffee in Seaside www.amavida.com

Latte at Amavida Coffee in Seaside
http://www.amavida.com


In Amavida, I pick up this great magazine and it just so happens to be the Artist Issue of Vie. I read about the pop art and cover art of artist, Sarah Ashley Longshore (http://www.ashleylongshore.com/). Thinking of The Purses Project, Sarah caught my attention with her desire to “be the next artist on a line of Louis Vuitton specialized bags”

Now back at home, I’m working on transferring some of my beach sketches to canvas.
My beach sketches on canvas (Artwork by Jamie Howell)

My beach sketches on canvas (Artwork by Jamie Howell)


If you’re a fellow artist, you might be interested in two incredible opportunities that Seaside offers to artists (I wish big time I could do just one of these!)

http://seasideinstitute.org/seminars.php

Seaside is magical, but don’t take my word for it–read the stories of magic and paradise found in Seaside by people just like you and me: http://www.myseasidestory.com/

Where do you refuel your soul? Is it the beach, the mountains or the bustling city?

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