It's a crime, it is a crime that one guy should have so much darned fun painting. I beat the sun up and head for the harbor. I am looking for boats. See many several in one particular yard, pull in and park. I ask a guy working on a boat about setting up paint shop and he tells me go to the office. I do so, first guy I see, as it happens, has his name on the marquee. Frank Rose, of Rose Yacht Yard. He's a good old boy, says, knock yourself out, another painter is in here all the time, and I really like his work. I tell him I'll be out of there within two hours or so, he says, take more time and get a good painting. Chicago, huh? A circuit judge was here last week from Chicago pulling his boat out of here.
I show him the painting from yesterday, he asks, Highlander Sea? Then starts dropping knowledge to me about specs and measurements, including how light it is, tells me it was built for speed. I mention the Adventure and off he goes, more specs, more history, I am impressed.
After I am painting a while, Ted Nugent walks up to me, sure looked like him anyway, he says, ""Whatcha paintin'?" I point, "that one." "Yeah, it's a great boat. Shrimp boat." A bit later, another crew member in the yard, a resemblance to Robert Shaw, comes up and asks, "Gonna make her pretty?" I say, kidding? she's gorgeous! Him: "well, she's old and tired but we try to keep her going." Me: "There's a lot of us like that walking around on this earth," which makes him laugh.
I decide that I will enwrap this lovely boat in a sunset as it appears the crew believes her to be in the twilight of her existence. Don't quite finish, it's a good sketch, but need to keep moving in order to get to Kennebunk by noonish. The traffic on this one-lane main road is getting backed up, it is the holiday weekend, and tourists will be in soon.
On the way out of town, I spy the gallery for Jeff Weaver, a very good painter, nice guy, does a lot of paintings of Gloucester including one that I see of the fabled paint factory. Even a few of Monhegan. It is nice to make his acquaintance. I will spend the Labor Day weekend with Jeff and Leigh Olson, and will blog the hightlights so as to prepare the way for Boothbay and Monhegan. Cheers