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One of my brothers added floats and a mast to his canoe, turning it into a trimaran. “The Sloop John B”, as he has named it, plies the waters of Bow Lake in fine style.

Acrylic on canvas 12″ x 16″

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The Elbow Run 2015 provided the inspiration for many canvases, and this one is the last in the series.

16X20 Acrylic on canvas

Sailing has been one of my passions for many years. I love the way that we are propelled by an unseen force, sometimes barely moving across the water and at other times driven at heart stopping speed.

I also appreciate the unspoken kinship that exists between all those who sail. These are my sailing brothers from last year’s “Elbow Run”.

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My long time sailing buddy, Darryl, flying his new reacher

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Ken, sailing his “Flying Squirrel”

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Rick, sailing his home Lake Diefenbaker

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Dave, flying three sheets to the wind

8 x 10 Acrylic on canvas

Saskatoon is known as the “Bridge City” with the South Saskatchewan River flowing through the centre of the city. Five traffic bridges and two railway bridges span the river, with two more approved to be built in the next few years. Bridges make for interesting politics and some wonderful views, including this one, looking under the BroadwayBridge towards the University Bridge.

12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

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Yes, another sailing scene, and once again drawn from The Elbow Run 2015 on Lake Diefenbaker. We had some fantastic sailing conditions that week and on the Thursday, Rick set the pace. Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t catch him – he had his WindRider 17 flying!! In this painting, I cheated – I was never really this close to him – I just tried to make it look that way! 🙂

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12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

IMG_2321.jpgOur House.jpeg  My partner offered me a painting challenge recently – she produced a black & white photograph, 2 inches X 3 inches. “Here, would you like to paint this?” The photos was taken in the early 50’s. The house is her family home in China where she lived as a child before she emigrated with her mother and father to Canada.

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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12 X 16 acrylic on canvas SOLD

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.

12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

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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12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

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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12 x 16 acrylic on canvas