FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Imagine if Fort Myers Beach was your inspiration for a work of art. This week, 60 artists are taking the everyday sights of the island and painting the vision they see. It's all a part of an island event called "Paint the Beach."
"You can make it even more beautiful than reality, that's what art is about," said artist Weimin Mo.
Lost in the serenity of Fort Myers Beach, Weimin Mo, is taking a common sight and telling his own story through his art.
"Whenever I come here, I have a sense of belonging, and that's why I want to paint beach, and the most beautiful of scenes on Fort Myers Beach," said Mo.
He's placed his easel and paints in direct view of the Matanzas Pass Bridge, sketching out a scene that will blossom into a well-defined painting.
"I want the viewers to rediscover the beauty, the uncommon beauty in the common environment."
His imagination is taking the simple things, like a boat in the water, and giving it life.
"You cannot compete with reality, we like to say, a painting is like the readers digest of reality," Mo told WINK.
With every stroke of the paint brush and every bit of color added to the canvas, he says each viewer will take their own vision from the fine details and dimensions.
"When you try to express an emotion, that's one of the best things an artist can do." But Mo is painting as part of a competition. All 60 artists with "Paint the Beach" must paint according to the French expression "en plein air," meaning "in the open air." Each artist picks a scene, and starts painting whatever comes to mind.
We stayed with Mo as he worked to complete his painting, but the scene changed, so he wasn't able to finish his picture. On Friday, each artist will turn in up to two framed, or ready to hang, pieces of art work, in hopes to win the top prize of $1,000.
The art work will be on display this weekend at Santini Plaza.