Every summer, for the last three generations, my family has made a pilgrimage to Atlantic Beach, NC to a house built by my great-grandfather who was lovingly known as Papa. The house is called Papa's Palace and is directly on the ocean. It is largely unchanged from when it was first built in 1947.
A large, clumsy looking cottage, the house has three floors and a basement with actual rooms for the help. The bedrooms on the upper two floors include enough beds to sleep close to forty people. Every summer, with all of my first cousins, dogs, aunts and uncles, and my grandmother, we manage to fill almost every bed. It is a fun, mostly relaxing time.
This summer I decided to make postcards about my beach trip. I hope to make this a tradition, every summer adding new images to a series in an attempt to accurately convey the kind of strong family bond we share, while at the same time paying homage to the house's history. This year I focussed mostly on the beach, and simple activities and sights that can be found around the house and the city of Atlantic Beach.
To stay motivated I held a loose contest via Twitter to pick the recipients of the little paintings. The first ten responders received a postcard with a personal note from me about the subject of the card. They were sent out the week of July 27, 2011.