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Sailing Sketch

SailingWe have some good friends who happen to own a cabin in central Wisconsin an d a 27 foot sailboat — fortunately for us, they love having us up for weekends to sailing on the lake near their cabin.

I was a good sketch-boy this weekend, having brought along my pocket Moleskine sketchbook. I'd hoped for a chance to do a little sketching on the sailboat. On Saturday I was rewarded with a perfect opportunity, so I hauled out the little M, a gel pen and scribbled out the sketch you see above.

It's actually somewhat confusing not in context, however, if you notice the beam running vertically, that's the mainsail and the portion extending to the right off the page is the boom. In front of the mainsail is the genoa. That's about the extent of my sailing knowledge: I just got used to calling the lines “lines” rather than ropes, so I'm a bit of a sailing newbie — but it's still very fun.

It's been far too long since my last sketch in Little M — the last one was done in Madison, June 13th — far too long ago. I have to get back into the rhythm of sketching again (seems always a challenge to make time for sketching, but so well worth it.

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Reader Comments (2)

Hi Mike, so nice to see a sketch from you again. Like you, I've been out of the rhythm of sketching as well. I did manage to get three done while on holiday (which I'll upload to the blog when I get the chance), but I really feel I must try to get into the habit more. There are times when waiting for the muse to strike you just isn't enough: you need to go and find it for yourself and grab it with both hands! All the best.
August 30, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterNeal
Cheers Neal! You are always so encouraging when I sketch. :-)

I am with you regarding sketching as a habit. I think one key I am discovering is to always have a Moleskine and pen along so you're ready if lightining strikes. But also so you have the tools ready for downtime, when you'd be most likely to scribble something down.

But yes... great idea about making time in the schedule for sketching... I think I need to do just that!
August 31, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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