“These Are the Good Times” captures the essence of life on the lake, one of my most favorite places in the world. Life is slow and peaceful. There are the sounds of the loons and songbirds around the cabin. A gentle breeze caresses you.
You can go out and run some errands, but why? The moment is so right for relaxing and taking in the scene. Chores and errands will be there later. For now, it’s just time to be. These are the good times.
For the painting, “At Sea,” I used some more fluid watercolor techniques. My aim was to capture the free-flowing nature of the water. Sailboats are one of my favorite subjects.
I first rode in one back when I was an exchange student in Sweden during my junior year at high school. My sponsor had a 30+ foot sailboat. (Naive me didn’t have a clue about how long it was.) It was an exhilarating feeling to be moving so fast, so quietly. I’ve loved sailboats ever since.
This paintings may mark one of the last miniatures that I’ll be doing. I’m finding that I’m more drawn to doing larger works. A few may turn up, but that part of my art may also be at sea. Hope you like it.
“Sunset Cruise” carries a poignant meaning for me. Being a boater is one of the most delightful things I’ve ever done. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the water after we purchased our first boat.
This time of year, there’s always a bit of a tug-of-war between my husband and me. I like to keep the boat in the water as long as possible, way into the fall. Fall color cruise, anyone? My husband, on the other, likes to get it out early, way before the snow flies. I’ll give him that much. Nonetheless, it’s still a sad day when the boat comes off the water for another winter. I hope you enjoy this last bit of warm weather magic.