Bahamas

'S/V High Jinx'



11x14 acrylic on board, NFS

Boats are far from my favorite painting subjects but I painted this for my husband.  High Jinx, a 37 foot Tayana, was our home for almost 2 years.  During most of time we cruised between The Bahamas and St. Lucia (about half-way down the West Indies or Lesser Antilles).  In the reference photo we took from our dinghy, she's anchored at Great Inagua in clear water with a shadow cast onto the shoal, sand bottom.

It was a great adventure but not something I want to do again so I was surprised how nostalgic painting her, examining her every line, made me feel.  She kept us dry and safe on some long, scary passages, she was a good sturdy boat.  Mind you we did not cross oceans but sometimes it felt that way on long DARK nights under sail, at the helm by myself.

There's been a second High Jinx already, a catamaran we sailed in The Bahamas on for 6 months back in 2008/09.  Don't be surprised to hear about a third in the years ahead.  But paintings of them?  I'm not so sure.


Crooked Island Lighthouse, Bahamas

(6x6 oil on canvas - Available) From our sailing trips I have so many bright photos but the question is always which ones will make good paintings? Last week I was at the little coop gallery and finished a painting and had planned poorly. This was one of the only photos I had with me so here it is. In the photo there is a rusty, grounded freighter but it was put in that category I'm learning more about with experience: things that look kind of weird in a given photo and will look entirely bizarre in a painting.

The funnest thing about this painting was getting to use cobalt blue and turquoise too!

"Day Dream"


"Day Dream" is the name of this sailing dinghy I photographed in Hopetown, Abacos, Bahamas. It has a cute little cat painted on the stern next to the name, like the other 2 similar boats that are in the painting I'm just finishing. I'm off to the little gallery for the day (5x7, $30, acrylic). I think this photo needs to be saturated a bit...

From a few weeks ago...



I photographed this little boat from every angle and I'll probably paint it again. It had really seen some use & seemed to have stories to tell. This little painting sold last week but I was going to bring it back home to put some horizonal stabilization in it...the boat seemed to be floating on the beach a bit.

"Red Stripe"


"Red Stripe", Sailing Dinghy Abacos, Bahamas, 6x8 canvas, unframed, original acrylic
$35, Gallery Under the Oaks, Micanopy, FL
After a big dose of Florida green paintings (a great number of hues that swap back & forth in my mind from seeming to be all the same color, to being overwhelmingly varied), a couple of which are not finished yet, it was so light & refreshing to go back and paint lots of blue and blue-green. I've almost finished another little boat that I'll post next. I have hundreds of reference photos along these lines from our winter season stay (last winter). These little, colorful dinghies, that are very common there, are full of charm. It is a real challenge to try and capture it, ditto the water color without it seeming to brash.