Storm Off the Keys

Gouache on Canson WC Paper, 4 1/2" x 7" Bid Here
I just got back for the Florida Keys on Saturday. We spent two days
dealing with a hurricane, which was at times exciting, at other times
disappointing. But it also yielded mind-gripping images such as
the one above, which I did from memory completely, so of course
it isn't as fantastic as it was in real life.
I was five miles out off the coast of Key Largo, snorkeling from an
excursion boat. We had all just finished and returned to the boat,
when a storm pulled up really very fast. It literally started raining
as the last person climbed up the ladder into the boat. But as we
made our way back to shore (we had been at the John Pennecamp
Natural Park, which is the only great barrier reef in the United States),
and moved away from the storm, there was this amazing limpid green
water backed by a threatening black sky. There was no blue, or visible
clouds. I just stuck those in there for artistic effect.
Thanks for visiting today.

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