Monday, May 31, 2010
It has been an exciting couple of weekends on my Pearson Triton, Ca Ira. One day, I had to hide the rum down in the bottom of a cockpit locker to keep it from a certain crewmember to avoid alcohol poisioning-- that was a low point. Otherwise, there's been great wind to sail a Triton in every time that I go out, except when I race. Both this Saturday and last, the wind died to nothing as soon as the race started. This Saturday we got lucky in that the current carried us both down the Bay and up the Eastern Bay with enough momentum to finish DFL. But the cruise home on Sunday both weekends was great with just enough wind to keep the boat on a comfortable heel, and the company, food, and drinks were good. I have found the time to finish the second painting of Hopkin's Creek that I was working on last week. I have just started a new oil painting of the entrance to Mill Creek off of Whitehall Bay. I am working from a watercolor that I painted while cruising aboard Ca Ira last October, when she was anchored in Mill Creek.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I finished the landscape of Hopkins Creek that I was working on last week. Then I started another view of the same creek. It's the canvas that I put the purplish ground on last week. I got the sky pretty much finished on Tuesday, then the boats got in the way. Last night, I moved my sailboat down the river to Annapolis, so she is ready to race this weekend. There was almost no wind, but we tried to sail for a couple of hours and just drifted very slowly. Then we started up the engine and got to her slip around 10. And I'm going out sailing this evening, too. I have to provision for this weekend's sailing on Friday after work, but I hope to get some more painting done that evening. Once I get a couple more paintings finished, I'll get them photographed and posted online.
Friday, May 14, 2010
I'm still working on the sky that I started earlier this week. It's going to be a painting of Hopkins Creek based off of the same watercolor sketch that I used to create the oil painting of Hopkins Creek that is already pictured on this blog. But it's going to be very different, more like the original watercolor. The clouds are very purpulish and I'm going to work that color into the marsh grass along with muted greens.