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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Happy Father's Day, Dad.

I did these little watercolours many years ago. When I look at them, I'm always reminded of the lovely sailing afternoons with my father. We'd sail out of the marina at Napier, and toddle around in the shelter of the harbour breakwater, or, if there was time, strike out around the end into the Big Sea of Hawke Bay. But it didn't do to be still out around dusk, for then we'd be becalmed and worry Mum and be late for our tea...


  1. Katherine, these are so lovely. I have fond memories of being on a boat (rowboat & fishing) with my father.

  2. Anonymous5.9.10

    ...and then there was the time that you got your pants wet. You threw out the anchor and Dad hauled them up to the masthead of the 11ft. dinghy while you had lunch.

  3. Just lovely. I once saw watercolors described in an art book as "a series of happy accidents" but when I mentioned this to an artist neighbor he just about went through the roof and told me in no uncertain terms that nothing he painted was by accident.

  4. The simplicity of these pictures are really good. They remind me, particularly the second one, of a few commercial pictures by Jim Spencer that I own which demonstrate an occasional yacht on a vast or moody seascape. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Lizzy - thank you. Quiet alone times spent with Dads are very precious.

    Anon - yes, thank you Dad! You would have to bring that one up here! :o)
    Hope you had a WONDERFUL day today. See you soon. Oh and watch this space for a special SPECIAL birthday post for you on that certain day which is fast approaching.

    Hmmm, 'happy accidents' is a very common expression among watercolourists. Perhaps your friend worked in another medium?

    J on tour - Welcome to TLVD! And thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I shall google and see if I can see a Jim Spencer.

  6. One of my most precious friends painted me a water colour of the sea, mountains and a yacht. `It is by the head of my bed and I will always treasure it. I think that, apart from the fact it was she who painted it, it recognises the elements of life which so many of us hold dear.

  7. Well put Geeb. "the elements of life which so many of us hold dear."

    Speaking of water in particular, and with reference to my possible Master's subject: I'm thinking hard about the depiction of water visually... not just sea, waves, ponds etc, but in different ways.
    So, here'squestion to my readers: what do you like most about water?
    Or, if that is too broad; What do you think is important about water to humans? Not just physiologically, but culturally, scientifically, socially, spiritually...etc

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