I never lived by the ocean before our time in Portugal. Never lived in a place where I could walk to edge of the waves every day. I don't know how I will go back now. The ocean is magic. I grew up in Texas, the land of big sky. It's hard to understand if you didn't grow up with endless sky, but trees and buildings start to close in on you after awhile. The ocean makes the sky even bigger. On foggy days the horizon disappears and the sky itself seems to crash upon the shore. Seagulls soar freely between the boundaries of sky and sea and I wonder if they need the big sky too. If that's the real reason they stay near water, because they need the freedom of endless sky. This little painting along with seven others form my mini Portugal series and are now available for purchase in my online store.