Sunday, March 20, 2011

A boating weekend!

ink sketch of crew teams after workout

ink sketch on the dock at Shilshole

going through the Chittenden Locks in the rain

on our way south, we saw lots of sailing groups out on the water

our new boat at her home port in Olympia ... sweet!

Some rain, some sun, and a weekend aboard our new boat. Finally, the work was done and we were able to move the boat from Seattle to Olympia. Lake Union, in downtown Seattle near the University of Washington campus, is about 25 feet higher than Puget Sound. To navigate out of the lake, we had to go through the Hiram M. Chittenden locks. Lucky for us, it was a dreary week day with no boat traffic and we were the only ones in the lock. We tied our lines to moving cleats and held fast as the water was evacuated to let us leave the lock on flat water into Puget Sound.

Overnight at Shilshole Marina on the guest dock. We woke up the next day to blue sky and lots of people getting their sailboats ready for the race just outside the breakwater. I couldn't resist pulling out my sketchbook to scribble down their personalities. Gestures, done when the people don't stay still, it's an aerobic art activity! 

Our trip south was sunny and on flat water and truly a delight. Fun to take our first cruise with our new boat. You see her in the last photo, safely tied up at the dock in Olympia. She's a beauty! And she has two great art areas for painting. One, the enclosed fly bridge. Two, the enclosed stern cockpit. The windows can come off completely when the weather is fine. How great is that?!

More boating adventures ahead! I'm excited!


Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Nice that you got out on the boat for the first of spring. I really enjoy seeing your sketches, they are very fresh.

Jan Yates, SCA said...

I'm excited for you! your own water studio! It's hard, living in this neck of the woods, to fathom being on the water as it's still pretty brisk here.

I like your wee gesture drawings--you always seize the day!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Nancy! Maybe one of these days we can meet at Swantown and paint Budd Inlet together. Thanks about the sketches!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Jan: this boat has some serious painting spaces, maybe even room for two! Thanks about the drawings. Once I got the shells in (the rowing boats), I just watched as the team members walked around and did 10 second gestures of them. I like to draw like this at coffee bars and other places, too. Do you? Hooray about your paintings being returned!!

Carrie H. said...

Good Stuff! Glad to see you had such great people watching opportunities and how is the generator on this new boat? I wouldn't know what to do in an enclosed flying bridge. It would block my view of the fishing lines. Ha!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Carrie: there are windows all around plus they can slide out of the way if needed. You'd be fine watching fishing lines. I don't think we've used the generator yet (dock to dock means that we're plugged in most of the time). Plenty of time for trying stuff out. Thanks for the comment. Love people watching and sketching!

Kitty Wallis said...

I'm glad you had a fine weekend. And glad the boat work is done. Here's to many fine paintings in those serious painting spaces.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Kitty! Thanks for the comment -- you said it well!

Nick said...

It was a great boat ride!