As we begin preparations for the summer, a major source of enjoyment has been the provisioning for the resident artist. When we leave Otter Bay, everything Sarah may need for the next four months must be on board. There aren’t any art stores where we’re going.
She’s become my guide, teaching me to look at the world in a new way. I now know what a robin egg sky looks like, and what makes a landscape worth painting. If you spend time with an artist, you’ll remember the childhood delight of shadows and rainbows.
The boat is often humming with her constant creativity. Our conversations about subjects and color often stretch into the night. Then, the next day, they are applied to pallet and canvas. This is more fun then youtube cat videos.
Artists are natural ambassadors. Most people have had some art experience, or a relative does. When I introduce Sarah, their eyes light up and a friendship builds on common ground. (For some reason, being an artist and being on a boat earns bonus points.)
Art is one of the handful of endeavors that is perfect for boat life. I read a quote somewhere that all a person really needs is a boat and some meaningful activity to engage in. Art fits that definition because it feeds the head, heart and soul with infinite possibilities. The only activity I can think of that might be better suited for boat life is writing. :)
One of my favorite explorers wrote:
the artist’s defining responsibility is to go to the edge of human experience and send back reports -
When we head north, we’ll report back to you as we paint and write about the world we find.