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.