Tuesday, July 16, 2013
My drawing Sarah #5 will be in an upcoming exhibit at MD Hall from July 24 - August 31. The opening reception is on July 26th from 5:30 to 7 pm. Please come!
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This is the scruffy stray cat that introduced himself to us at the cabin last weekend. We wanted to take him home with us, but he was nowhere to be found when we were leaving. I hope he's ok.
The mighty Penns Creek.
Patsy watching the Amish go to church on Sunday morning.
Other view of the creek.
Friday, July 12, 2013
These 7" by 10" Watercolor sketches are both from last weekend. Since I couldn't sail Ca Ira, I took Morgaine out in Round Bay and painted the above sketch.
Sunday, I rode my bike down to Thomas Point State Part and painted this sketch of the boats in the mouth of the South River.
So with a decent weather report, I left St. Michael's to sail down to the Choptank again. I had a great sail until I got to the Poplar Island Channel where the 20 knots of wind was dead on the nose, so I decided to motor through the channel and also Knapp's Narrows. But right after I started the engine, it cut out. With 20 feet of water and the wind blowing the boats out to the deeper water of the Eastern Bay, I lashed the tiller and let them drift. I have to say, they rode really well. Ca Ira kept her nose pointed slightly into the wind and Morgaine drifted backwards to Ca Ira in her wind shadow. For about half and hour this worked great, then Morgaine started coming up and bumping Ca Ira, I don't know if the tide had changed or what. At any rate, I assumed I had an air leak through the top of the Racor Fuel Filter, so I changed the two top O rings. I bled the engine and then it started. I resumed motoring south. The the engine cut out again. This time I anchored and changed the fuel filter and bled the engine. I let it run about half an hour and it seemed fine. I went to get the anchor up, and discovered that it was holding great in the 20 knots of wind. I had to run the rode to the jib sheet winch to first pull the boat up to the anchor, and then raise it. I motored south for about half and hour until I heard the engine hiccup. I decided to turn around, which was a great decision because as soon as I got clear of Poplar Island, the engine died again. It seemed to be happening when the boat rolled in the waves. I got the mainsail up broadside to the wind... that was hard... then the jib. And I had a great run up the bay. I sailed into the madness of July 4th in Annapolis, decided not to try to sail through the drawbridge back to my slip in Eastport, and sailed through all the anchored boats waiting for the fourth of July fireworks. I sailed up the Severn, tacked through the boats anchored at the mouth of Maynedier Creek, got the engine started at the last minute, but kept the main up as I docked at the end of my parent's dock. I only slightly banged up my dad's boat, Interlude, with Morgaine and Ca Ira's boom.
At that was the end of my sailing trip. Now I have an engine to fix...
I left the Wye early in the morning and had a great sail down the Eastern Bay. With the unsettled skies and threat of thunderstorms, I decided not to head south to the Choptank, but turn around and head in to St. Michael's for supplies.
Here's some pics of the rainy afternoon and evening in St. Michael's.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Rain and thunderstorms. Let's see... I spent yesterday anchored in the same cove on the wye where I'd been all weekend. I finished "Cooked" and started (and finished) "The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing." Interesting read, but most useful as a pose guide. Today I motored up to Wye Landing for ice (a place where you can defintely hear banjo music.) It rained off and on. I'm now anchored in Dividing Creek. I started reading "The Light And The Dark" by Mikhail Shishkin, which, I confess, I don't get completely. I also did one little watercolor in between showers. No photo today, I think I need an app to upload pics from my phone.