Boats: Scribble Picnic

Today is #Scribblepicnic day. The prompt is boats. My picture is painted with watercolour pencils. No micron pens today.


I don’t come from a boating family. I remember the one and only time being in a boat before I turned 16. We had rented a cottage on an island and with it came a boat. Of course! How were we to get to the island? It turned out to beย a small aluminum boat with a small 9 horsepower motor. My mother was unimpressed. In fact she spent that week on the island and never got off until it came time to leave. That morning we awoke to a thick blanket of fog. On the way to the marina, I leaned over the front of the boat with a flashlight to tell my dad where the rocks were in the channel. Adventure plus! Can you hear me? “Rock on your left. Rock on your right.”

Imagine my surprise when I met my hubby to be – his family grew up with motor boats. I have spent the last 46 years with a lover of boats.

Do I have boating genes? Absolutely not. But I have learned to enjoy most excursions. I say most because we have had a few exciting time on larger lakes with high waves. I don’t like that, at all.

What boats did I choose to paint today?

Sailboats – because they are colourful and I haven’t had much experiences on them except getting hit in the head by the boom when I didn’t duck when commanded. (earlier before I married my hubby)

I don’t have a desire to go on a sailboat, besides not wanting to be bumped in the head. They can go fast and without warning. I have no control and I have a problem with control. This would be way out of my comfort zone. Instead I will draw them.

In Arizona we can watch “sailboat races” every Wednesday and Sunday mornings on our little lake.


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  1. Great take on the Boat theme, Janis. I doubt I would like being on a sailing boat either as I don’t like the idea of them suddenly picking up speed without warning. I love how colourful and vibrant your illustration is. Nice work!

  2. I’ve been on a small boat I think twice in my lifetime. I cannot swim so it was a bit scary. lol My father LOVED sailboats and filled his office with them. Wonderful boat interpretation. It’s so fun seeing what everyone comes up with. See you next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That would be interesting to marry a boat lover when you are not. Lots of adventure that you would have never experienced on your own. Your painting is lovely, full of movement.

  4. I grew up on the English coast where sailing races were omnipresent during the summer months, and I loved standing on the cliffs watching them. I certainly get the same feeling of the boats racing with the breeze across the bay from your lovely painting using the watercolor pencils Janis, just lovely.

    Happy day – Mary

    1. Hanna,
      Thank you so much. Never thought of telling stories but these prompts seem to bring them all back. I caught a pickerel that week as well – a large one. But taking a rock to its head to kill it did me in for fishing. Yuck. I am not sure we even ate it as my mom wouldn’t have gutted it. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I am sorry you have been under the weather. Hope you are feeling much better.

  5. Janis,

    Your stories were quite entertaining, must say. I had to smile at the thought of your mother not leaving the island. That sounds like something I would have done too, actually. Anyway, jsut glad you survived that literal BOOM to the head! Ikes!

    Yes, I’m not into sailing at all. Never even done it but no desire to be out in the ocean like that. Haha. Your piece here is so pretty and a lovely take on the theme. It looks fantastic…almost makes me want to go out there and enjoy that fresh sea breeze and cooling temps as that glorious sunset ensues. Lovely!

    Thank you so much for this, the writing and piece are great! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Michael,
      Once again thanks for the lovely words of encouragement. My sister and I talked a little about our experience. She reminded me that it rained almost the whole week. Our mother did not like that week at all and to have fog on the day of our departure brought her to tears.
      I have learned to enjoy most boat rides but two times we have been caught out on large lakes with the waves very high. And once we couldn’t find the shore. Didn’t like those very much.
      I guess I am a land lubber.

    1. Lorraine,
      Thank you. I wondered how they felt coming into the finish line. I wasn’t sure if it were a race or all the boats coming in after a day out in the wind.

  6. don’t know much about boats but I do like seeing them now and then.

    the background sunset colors makes the boats stands out. good take on the theme.

    have a lovely day.

  7. Such a colorful regatta! I think that’s the right word, not being a boater myself. Though over the years I have been on or behind a good number of motorboats and in several canoes. Used to love waterskiing with my good friend whose family boated, and have been on a couple of canoe trips. But like you, I don’t really have any desire to get on a sailboat!

    1. I remember the term regatta when we used to have “war canoe” races at a lodge where I worked. They also had sailboat regattas when we owned a cottage. I am not good in a canoe as my hubby can attest. I knocked him out of one. I should have written that story. I couldn’t sit still.

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