Bob Baker, “No. 653, Venture Out” (2012)

14 May

Bob Baker, No. 653, Venture Out (2012)

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Here’s my latest.  It depicts the azaleas in bloom at my family’s vacation place at Venture Out Resort, Panama City Beach, Florida.  My mom planted those azaleas in the early 1980s — I remember when they were a foot tall!

My family started vacationing in Panama City Beach in the mid-1960s.  Sometime in the ’70s my mom and dad bought a couple lots at Venture Out, on the east end of the beach, adjacent to St. Andrews State Park.  The resort was originally intended for RVs but, over time, people started building permanent structures on their lots.  My mom and dad built their place in the early ’80s and we’ve been using it ever since.

My family heads to Venture Out nearly every Spring Break.  It has an ideal location — sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay and walking distance to both.  Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  Highly recommended!

3 Responses to “Bob Baker, “No. 653, Venture Out” (2012)”

  1. Mark May 14, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    I love that pic, Robert. Reminds me of some Wallace Stevens poems, and of my good times at Venture Out, too.

    • bobbalouie May 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      Thanks Marky. Yeah we had some good times down there didn’t we? That’s interesting about the Wallace Stevens poems. Which ones are you thinking of? I love Stevens. You recall he was in a fistfight with Ernest Hemingway? “Wallace Stevens: The Fighting Poet.”

      • Mark May 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

        Good times indeed. And it seems like a lifetime ago. Florida always makes me think of Stevens, who vacationed there every year with his buddies. Yes, he was in a dust-up with Hemingway one time in Key West. Word is Stevens (who’d been drinking) met H’s sister at a party and was saying unflattering things about Papa, who got wind of it and came to the party to bash on the old man a bit (Hemingway was 36 at the time, Stevens 56).

        The palm trees in your painting (love ’em) make me think of Stevens. He’s got a number of good Florida poems, but the one that always comes to mind first is “Indian River.” I like the rhythm of it, and the images. Other favorite Stevens Florida poems include “O Florida, Venereal Soil,” “Nomad Exquisite, and “The Idea of Order at Key West.”

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