Sailing season is still at least two months away, but while we can’t sail, we can paint about it. This one was inspired by a shot taken at the 18 minute mark of the video of last year’s  camping/sailing expedition, the Elbow Run 2016. My brother was charging up behind me like he owned the lake, and it wasn’t long before he surged past me.

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20 X 16 Acrylic on stretched canvas

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Lake Diefenbaker is a big lake – 145 miles from one end to the other. Keeping eight boats in sight at any one time can be a challenge, especially when each sailor is trying to find a whisper of wind.

 

Acrylic on (salvaged) plywood 10″ X 41″

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

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

CDN$145

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

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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12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

CDN$145

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.

12 x 16 acrylic on canvas

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