As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently took part in the fourth annual Wet paint event in beautiful Essex. Though the town is full of scenic vistas, I'm attracted to the forms and content of the authentic shipbuilding yard, now turned into a working museum of shipbuilding. Visitors may learn about how ships were built in the olden days, and continue to be built today, using much the same technology. In fact, I play fiddle on occasion, aboard a schooner out of Gloucester, MA, the Thomas Lannon, which was built in this yard approximately 20 years ago. It's delightful to be a part of two living traditions: music and boats!
The woodcut I produced this year is a view of the Waterline Center, an old boat shed where visitors are now welcomed. I got permission to sit in Burnham's front yard, which faces the buildings on the museum grounds. And, in a play on words, the yellow sloop in the foreground is showing its waterline, as the tide is out, and the boat was sitting in mud.
Waterline. White line woodcut 10"x13" 2015