Jock and I sailed aboard Skean Dhu for a memorable week during the parade of sail activities celebrating the anniversary of the War of 1812. Excitement and pride for the city we live in captures the essence of our sailing trip. Rafting up with friends, sharing the fireworks with family and Alberg friends, hearing and seeing the roaring precision of the Blue Angels overhead and enjoying the company of the Brits on the SCC No Hard Feelings Cruise at a raft-up and party ashore were highlights of the amazing week. Another highlight was walking to Mama’s on the Half Shell in Canton for some tasty seafood with Renee’ and Mark. Cooperative weather the whole time, save for the journey home, when we experienced a bit of drizzle.
Since our trip, I have been painting a large work( 24″ x 30″ ) of the Pride of Baltimore. I have been working on this oil painting for about 9 weeks now and so far I am really pleased with the progress. I expect to have a picture of the finished product posted in the near future. (To see the final painting, click here.)
When I first started painting I painted coastal scenes, mostly of the New England Coast. It has so much character with its rocky rugged coast. But since moving to Maryland and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, I now not only paint coastal scenes aroung the Bay, but boats and ships as well. A ship like the Pride of Baltimore is very challenging to paint because of all the details and the number of lines that need to be depicted to get the feel of the boat right.