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09/02/2006: "Mayflower Wind Shadow"

Well, the “artist” blog is back baby! I got momentarily side-tracked by life events but it’s amazing, all it takes to get me back in the zone is to pick up a brush…which I did last night and OH SWEET JOY. When I’m painting everything that makes me sad just melts away in happy pools of gold and crimson. I kept painting until my elbow started to ache, my hand cramped up, and I could barely keep my eyes open!

Then today was amazing too, waking to actual sun on my face; it felt like touching a live wire. I jumped out of bed and after coffee at Jen and Ward’s and photographing the start of the final Juneau Cup race, I went out sailing as well with friends Ann and Brian. It was *really* windy and choppy with waves crashing over the bow of the boat etc. but every time I stay out in conditions that scare me a bit, my confidence builds.

Afterwards, Ann and I went to Doc Waters and sat outside in MORE SUN! We had a great lunch and talked about taking chances and living life to its fullest. Then after I took her home I ran into Aaron so I went out again, this time on his boat! Aaron knows a lot about sail trim and he tries to teach me but I’m afraid a lot of it goes right over my head.

Still, it was windy and so pretty out and I had a lot of fun with him, as usual. As we were coming back into the harbor he told me he wasn’t sure we could sail back into the slip due to the Mayflower Wind Shadow (doesn’t that sound beautiful); it means that as your round Mayflower Island at the mouth of the harbor the wind dies...but I just love the way it sounds.

Now I’m home again and the high from my perfect day is wearing off. Because in addition to all the happy happy joy joy, I learned something seriously disappointing...which I proceeded to stuff down into the “deal with that later” file... and now it’s “later” how that works, right?

But...who knows, maybe the sun will be out again until then I'll paint, and just let that cadmium yellow and transparent red iron oxide smooth out the rough edges.

start-juneau-cup (51k image)

Just a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It's such fun

Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Someone good

Oh it's such a perfect day
I'm glad I spent it with you

Oh such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Replies: 4 Comments

on Sunday, September 3rd, Kasia said

I love the photo, I love the song. Sailing must be great ona day like this:))

on Sunday, September 3rd, Elise said

Perfect Day is one of my favorite songs, it's one of the first thing I taught myself to play on the guitar.

Oh, and sailing *was* great. I hope you get a chance to try it out sometime too.

on Sunday, September 3rd, berry bowman connell said

Yes'm, and with that call t'brushes, I'm out'a here!
Got some things I too want t'express.

on Tuesday, September 5th, Elise said

I like that Berry, "A Call To Brushes"