Painting the sky with soap in Edmonds

Nov 09, 2017
Courtesy of: Bob Sears

Bob Sears caught this magical image of Gary Larson at Marina Beach Park on Tuesday, Nov. 7. We reached out to Gary to tell us a little about his works of art. We’re glad we did.

“Not much to tell, really” he said. “I retired a few years ago and it's just one of my hobbies. ‘Obsessions’ might be a better word. Weather permitting, I'm down at the beach two or three days a week painting the sky with soap. It's a very Zen-like experience, very childlike and in the moment.

"And even better, I meet a lot of nice folks. People always ask me about the recipe (which is quite simple: guar gum, baking powder, Blue Dawn and water), but I think for most of them that's just an excuse to start a conversation. (This is my second year doing this and I've yet to see anyone else coming down to blow bubbles.)

"Whatever the reason, I enjoy the company. The best part, however, is the children. They just love these things. They chase them up and down the beach, giggling and laughing and screaming with delight.

"When it's all over, their parents usually come up and thank me – like I was doing them some kind of favor. Little do they know, I'm having more fun than anyone else!”

Sears is the artist of the month at Edmonds Bookshop and will be on hand there during Art Walk Edmonds 5-8 p.m. Nov. 16.


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