I finally finished this painting of my son riding the waves. In “Such Vitality!“, my essay for The San Diego Decameron Project, I talked about being stuck at the beach while he surfed. I found nature at the mouth of the San Diego River, which led to The TAG Project. My work with Creative Alchemist Sarah Greenman has taught me to go for it–with painting and art. Purple waves? Of course. Pink sky? If you’ve been to O.B. (Ocean Beach) at sunset, you’ve seen it. Sarah splatters her art with dots, a technique I used for my breaking waves. Why not? As I said at the end of my essay, there’s freedom on the waves. As we head into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s also fear. What can we do? Ride and keep living.