Painting


Sailing generates plenty of material for painting. This is one of the WindRider trimarans that took part in The Elbow Run 2015, the annual sailing/camping trip on Lake Diefenbaker. It was named in memory of the owner’s friend – the two friends had a running joke about the Flying Squirrel. What a great name for a sailboat, eh?

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As noted in the last post, Ghana is a wonderful destination for surfers. The beach at Busua has long been a destination for backpackers, surfers and holiday makers. Abokwae Island, with its two cocoanut trees, appears in countless photos taken from that beach.

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Even though it is fifty years since the epic surfing movie, “The Endless Summer” documented the beaches of Ghana as one of the top surfing destinations in the world, most of those beaches see very few surfers. One of the country’s best and quietest beaches is found at Cape Three Points. This is the closest land location on the globe to zero longitude/zero latitude, making it arguably the centre of the world. There are several excellent breaks, one of them being just off the beach beside the eco-lodge, Escape3points, operated by an avid surfer who just happens to  be my son.

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Sailing provides ample inspiration for painting and this past summer’s camping/sailing trip on Lake Diefenbaker, dubbed “The Elbow Run 2015” was no exception. This year’s expedition was extra special, with five WindRiders taking part in a week that featured a major storm, a run-away boat, some great sailing and five guys having a wonderful time. Plans are already underway for “The Elbow Run 2016”.

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When the weather is not conducive to sailing, there are alternatives. One of those is to paint it. During the 2014 camping/sailing trip, we had one particularly exhilarating beam reach on the third day under full sail where things get a bit wet and wild.

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During our October stay in La Celle sous Chantemerle, France, we went for daily walks through the village, enjoying the variety of houses and sheds, both new and old. The older buildings especially reflect their aging and add character to the street scene. They also provide great subject matter for those who are trying to improve their painting skills.

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My first experience in Ghana was a two year contract from 1971 to 1973, teaching in the secondary school in the remote village of  Half Assini, in the Western Region of the country. Before that time, the most common means of transport in and out of the village were called mammy lorries. They were built on Bedford truck frames with frames and drive trains imported from Britain and assembled in Ghana. Local craftsmen then built covered boxes for the trucks that were designed to flexibly carry human cargo or produce or a combination of each. The boxes were painted in various colours and given unique names, often based on traditional sayings and proverbs or sometimes from religious sources. By the time I arrived in the country, the Bedford trucks were no longer being imported and they were slowly being replaced by more modern vehicles. These two wagon boxes were sitting alongside the market wall in Half Assini, hoping to once more be put back into service.

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Dug-out canoes have been used for centuries and have enabled fishermen to provide sustenance for their families along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. In recent years, fleets of  trawlers from Europe and Asia have been operating in the Gulf, most often without permits, and have decimated the fishery. This in turn has caused hardship for fishing communities that have relied on the ocean to provide for them. This canoe was returning to its home base in Busua, Ghana.

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In a previous post you saw one view of the village of La Celle sous Chantemerle. Here is another, looking over a wall, with the nearby forest in the background. The village name translates literally into English as “The Cellar below Chantemerle” and refers to the champagne cellars in this village with reference to the neighbouring village of Chantemerle which is located on a hill above.  The Chantemerle is a particular bird common to the area.

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If you saw a previous post, you will already know that one of my passions is sailing, and that one of my favourite places to sail is Lake Diefenbaker. In 2013, my sailing buddy and his friend and I packed our camping gear onto WindRider trimarans and set out from Tuft’s Bay, near the village of Elbow, Saskatchewan. We pulled up on a beach next to Hitchcock Bay and chose that for the first campsite of the trip. It was near perfect, especially the next morning as the sun rose and from the hilltop behind our tents we could see the lake stretching out to the east and south. Check out  more about the week’s experience on this Youtube video.

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