Category Archives: swimming

painting faces

At the lake, a birthday party or just on a summer afternoon, face painting is where it’s at. Let the kids show their creativity by pointing the paintbrush at each other and see what they can think up. We used watercolors here but actual face paint would work well too, of course. And all the paint washes off with soap and water. (Don’t forget body painting and Sharpie temporary tattoo- psst- look at the leg.)

Wear it proudly all day- let the paint wear off as they play in the sun. This guy took on the look of Derek Zoolander as his paint faded slowly throughout a day in and out of the water.

surf art

We picked up this t-shirt and a few others (including one that’s already at the bottom of the lake- grrr…) at the Thalia Surf Shop in Laguna Beach, California on our summer excursion to the sea about a month ago. A fantastic shop (with great online shopping as well) with a nice local art influence making it essential to pop in every time were in that neighborhood.

Designed by local artist Tyler Warren- I’m loving his art, as does my daughter- I think we’ll be ‘sharing’ this shirt. I’ll intervene on behalf of fate and insist it be left out of future wake boarding trips or other apparel endangering activities such as building barbwire fences, painting barns and such.

What is it about surf art that’s so appealing? Pleasant seaside memories? wishes for future trips to the beach? leaving all you worries behind to stare at the water and wiggle your toes in the sand? All of the above and then some.
By the way, if I were to get a tattoo… this guy would be at the top of my list of designers- just saying.


It’s one of those gorgeous summer days… and I’m stuck inside working. Working toward a trip though- in a few days. As I sit, facing a screen or sink or sewing machine, I’m imagining a life aquatic and enjoying some fantastic underwater portraiture.

Tim Tadder

Bruce Mozertom

Sophie Lewis & Emma Critchley

Elena Kalis


Bruce Mozertom

underwater, looking up
Noelle O, one of my very own pictures. A great day a few years back- swimming in the Meadow hot springs on a freezing wintery afternoon.