Wednesday, September 7, 2011

travels east to Bristol RI

Bristol is the home of Herreshoff boats and Museum and although no longer building boats the museum and shop are busy restoring and caring for their fleet of vintage Herreshoff designed vessels. On one of our first nights we sailed on 'Kestral' a Fisher Island 41 Herreshoff design. The wind was a fresh 15-20 knots so the sailing was dramatic....with some 'rails in the water' too. Wonderful!

Coggeshall Farm is another notable place in Bristol. It is on the pennisula of Poppasquash and is a 'living museum' relating the lifestyle of an early 18th century New England farm. It is a small operation with one couple living and working the farm. I was perched on an old rock wall while doing these drawings and wanted to continue some other scenes but a rooster thought I was pretty interesting and just wouldn't leave me alone....the crowing was annoying but the thing that eventually got me out of there was that one huge, sharp spur. I didn't think I wanted to stay and annoy him further!

The Herreshoff Museum also houses some great America's Cup memorabilia and this boat "Defiant'. Not sure but this could have been Dennis Connor's attempt to bring the Cup back after the Australians took has one of those keels with double 'pontoons' on the bottom (not shown in drawing).


  1. Deb, your compositions are always so great. I really like the head on view of the boat. (Sorry--but you know my nautical language is nil.) The colors you used look perfect for the coastal areas. I look forward to you doing some Oregon Coast drawings some day, too.

  2. Glad you like that's one of my favorites too. I got out to do sketching as much as I could around family and social obligations so I am pleased with that and I just love this area of the country!

  3. Always enjoy reading and seeing your travels Deb. Your sketches bring your descriptions to life.

  4. Deb, I love it when you draw boats. Your personal experience with them shows in your sketches. These are lovely. I like the broad color strokes offseting the precise linework.