Storm on the Chesapeake Bay

Storm, watercolor, 5″ x 7″

Yesterday my husband and I had a lovely sail across the bay to one of our favorite overnight anchorages.  The sky was clear and the breeze made sailing enjoyable in addition to getting us there.  However, after anchoring and eating dinner, the puffy clouds of the day collided with one another and roiled up into storm clouds filled first with heat lightning and then cloud-to-ground lightning.  As the thunder rolled across the water, we checked the weather picture on the radar and found out that this storm was about 15 miles north of us.  Another cell moved over our anchorage about half an hour later, but by then we were battened down and the lightning wasn’t nearly as intense.  We were rocked to sleep with the sound of raindrops (and maybe some small hail) on the deck of our boat.

This morning, in the clear brightness of a cloudless day, I painted the above picture from my memories of the previous evening.  As an added bonus of the storm, the wind had shifted direction and we had a wonderful sail home, too!


 120 Paintings

“It takes 120 bad paintings to know something about painting.”  –  Larry Seiler as quoted by Jeff Mahorney in his blog

Each painting is small in format and should be completed in about an hour or less.

My goals are to improve my technique, to paint faster, and to gain experience with a variety of subjects.

5 thoughts on “Storm on the Chesapeake Bay

  1. Pingback: Friday Night In Dun Cove « middlebaysailing

    • Hmmm… actually I’m not very fond of being this close to an electrical storm on a boat with a 37′ “lightning rod” above me. I prefer watching them from the relatively greater safety of being inside the house.

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