I spotted this sailboat coming into Opua the same day I watched Rock and Roll Star (#9) arrive. It was a pretty smooth day but I like painting choppy water so I exaggerated just a bit. I think the name of this boat is Nola, but it was a bit too far away for me to be positive. Have I mentioned that I just love painting boats! This is the 12th painting is my Boats of Opua project. Eighteen to go and then I'll start painting some bigger nautical pieces.
Hoping that my blog followers, collectors and friends have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah or Holiday Season. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014. What more is there anyway, than health and happiness?
Cheers from my little corner of the world in Opua, New Zealand.
This boat is anchored at Opua. It caught my eye because the solar panel and wind generator implies that it travels long distances and might be from another country. As I painted it, I zoomed in on a photograph of the stern of boat to see if I could read the name. It is the Wonderland from Boulder, Colorado. I'd heard of this boat but didn't realize she was still in Opua.
About eight months ago, an American vintage wooden schooner, The Nina, sailed from Opua heading for Australia, but never arrived. On board were seven people including Evi from Boulder, Colorado. Sadly, this is her boat - waiting for her to return.
The disappearance of The Nina made international news, especially here in New Zealand as Opua was her last port. It hit a storm, lost all sails, and hasn't been heard from since. I was one of thousands who spent a lot of time searching satellite maps of the Tasman Sea for The Nina, through Tomnod. Tomnod is a company that uses crowdsourcing to analyze satellite images in searches. Volunteers, like me, look at the satellite images on our home computers and tag anything that looks out of place. In the case of the Nina, we were looking for a bright orange life raft or a boat. If multiple people tag something (crowdsourcing) then the experts take a look. Many believe The Nina is still out there in the Tasman sea, waiting for a rescue. I hope so.
The last few weeks I've been putting in time on a new Tomnod Search - tagging images on satellite photos of the mountains in Idaho where a Bonanza aircraft with five people on board, has been missing since December 1st. If you're interested in participating, this Tomnod link will take you to the current search. It is easy to do - it just requires patience and good eyes.
This is the tenth piece in my latest painting project, 'The Boats of Opua'. I couldn't find the yacht's name on the hull so it is titled, 'Dry Dock'. November 1 - April 30 is cyclone season in the South Pacific, so many of the yachts that are sailing the world or the Pacific, seek safe harbor in my part of New Zealand. I'm guessing this is a good time to have work done on the boats as the Opua boatyard looks pretty busy.
In addition to painting boats, I'm still busy doing paintings for galleries and the upcoming September-November shows in the U.S. It is early summer here in New Zealand. I have to be really disciplined to stay in the studio. The beach and the garden call me!
On Tuesday afternoon, I spent some time wandering around the marina, photographing boats. This yacht caught my eye as she looked like she had just arrived in New Zealand. I watched as the sail was lowered and she continued into the port under power. Her name and port were on the hull; Rock and Roll Star, Plymouth and she was flying the Union Jack. I googled the name and found that the boat is owned by a couple who started their sailing adventure in early 2013. They were in Tonga a week or two ago.
I must admit, I cheated a bit and punched up the colour of the sea and made it a little choppier. The water in Opua is often this colour, but that afternoon the sea was flatter and grey.
I'm not sure if this is a boat-passing-through or if it is local...but I've seen it anchored in the bay at Opua. I had to use my telephoto lens to zoom in on the stern in order to read the name, Companion.
This is my 8th painting for my Boats of Opua project. Twenty-two to go!
This is the seventh little oil in my latest project, The Boats of Opua. I've seen the Bullion Rover in Opua more than once, so my guess is that it is a New Zealand boat - possibly a local one.
At first I painted it with the boatyard behind it, but it was so busy I wiped off most of the other boats and just suggested a couple in the water behind the Bullion. I wonder how it got its name?
I'm learning a lot with this latest project. My bird project was all about simplification of subject matter. Painting small oils of boats makes me concentrate on values and color, otherwise the boat gets lost in the clutter of the background, other boats, reflections, etc.
I started a painting project a while ago and now that I'm back at home in Opua, New Zealand, I'll do some more boat pieces for the project titled, The Boats of Opua. Opua is usually the first port of call for yachts sailing the Pacific. This is where they go through biosecurity and immigration. It is also a great place for armchair sailors like me to wander around the docks...admiring the boats, wondering where they're going and where they've been.
This is the Gannet, from Falmouth, Maine. I saw this yacht a few months ago, so perhaps by now it has sailed on to another port. When the painting is dry, I'll paint the name on the boat.