Thursday, February 26, 2009

In for a Refit

Ships have had their hulls scraped of barnacles periodically since time memorial and had other major maintenance performed while beached or in drydock. I battled the wind for two hours while painting this ship, with dirt blowing in my paint and having to hand on to my easel for dear life. Such is the life of a plein air painter. Still, it beats working.

Grand Banks Classic

A guy on Pelican Island approached me while I was painting a shrimp boat and commissioned me to do one that he's restoring for his employer.
I said to myself,"Isthmus be my lucky day"!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Wreck

This Canadian ship must have been the victim of a long-ago hurricane. The hull is part-wood, part-iron. Lots of birds nest on-board.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Padre Island Dunes

Padre Island National Seashore has an empty, stark beauty all to it's self. It is truly what a barrier island is suppposed to look like.

The Big Tree

This thousand year old live oak is a Texas landmark just north of Rockport: it is 35 feet around the base of the tree.