This is the flag display that is on the beach as you enter Biloxi leaving Gulfport. The other side says Gulfport Welcomes You. (This is a good painting for the Fourth with all the flags and all.)
I painted this side because it is the side I remember best from my childhood. We lived in New Orleans and my grandparents (I'm going to be one, you know) lived in Mobile. I-10 had not been built, so whenever we went to see my grandparents we traveled along the coast. We would wake up (we loved to sleep in the car) when we left Bay St. Louis so we could see the beach along the way. Then when we got to the Ocean Springs Bridge and the beach could no longer be seen we would get our books back out or go back to sleep.
Ocean Springs was the end of the excitement back then, but years later when I lived there I came to find that it was lovelier and had as much or more to offer than any of the coast towns. The same goes for Bay St. Louis.
Another interesting little side note about those trips. There is a very strong possibility that sometime between 1st and 5th grade I probably had a chance to glimpse my future husband as we drove in front of his grandfather's house on Beach Boulevard. But he would have been too old for me then! When you're in 1st grade, three years is a big difference!