So here's a little sketch for day 24.
Ocean solitude, 8" x 10", Oil on Panel
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I daydream so much about owning a sailboat and living the cruising lifestyle. Yes, there's a certain amount of romance that comes along with those daydreams: Sailing the intercoastal highway. Visiting ports. Exploring. Swimming on reefs that aren't accessible to landlubbers. Seeing dolphins at play, flying fish soaring. (My wife likes to say that she'll sail with me as long as we don't lose sight of land. That'd be fine by me as there are many places one can adventure along the intercoastal highway.)
I also understand the pragmatism and dangers of living aboard from reading much about it. There's dangers of storm, strong current, of potential isolation and sickness, or of modern piracy. There are issues with maintenance and malfunction. And there's always a need to come into port to top off the fresh water tanks, stock up on foodstuffs, and connect with family.
Yet for hundreds of years, sailors have ventured across the oceans, living aboard their tall masted ships, wind carrying them onward towards the horizon. There are many today who live aboard their sailing vessels 24 x 7 x 365, eschewing the conveniences and troubles of the modern world for life upon the waves.
This little painting evokes that dream I have. While it's a quick sketch for the 30 in 30, it does pack a lot of punch as it is a representation of one of the strongest dreams I have. I've never really had the opportunity to sail upon the ocean. There are many organizations that make those adventures available, and I hope one day to have that experience.
You know, right now my life is like a sailboat headed for dangerous shoals. I'm not sure if I can avoid a wreck, or if somehow I'll manage to bear around those dangerous outcroppings and make it to safer waters. Life in many ways is like sailing on a vast ocean. There are many wonderful sailing excursions to experience and life sometimes gives the illusion of safety. When storms appear or danger looms ahead, we often realize that life is not always safe and it does take courage and fortitude to face those trials and tribulations.
As I look back upon the life I've lived so far, I've had many wonderful experiences. But I've also faced so many hardships. Like being a sailor at sea, all we can do is continue to face the stormy seas of life with optimism and courage, and, perhaps most importantly to continue to call upon the One who created the vastness of the oceans and the power of the winds to help us find fair winds and following tides.
Until next time,