There's a nice little story that goes with this oil painting I did at the end of 2009.
Last October, Cat and I got to travel out east to Solomons, Maryland, to attend our nephew Christopher's wedding to his new bride, Angela. During the outdoor ceremony at Back Creek Inn, we enjoyed the beautiful view of the creek which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. After the wedding, as is tradition, the moment arrived when the groom has a dance with his Mom (my wife's sister, Lin). However, the tune that was chosen to play during the dance was a bit unusual..."White Christmas". Sensing the crowd's confusion, Lin yelled out, "I used to sing this song to Christopher when he was a baby. It was the only song that would get him to stop crying!" To which Chris replied, "See...it still works!"
At that moment, with the song still playing, someone pointed at a sailboat that was slowly passing by...it was green with a bright red sail! Perfect!
My wife took lots of great photos that allowed me to do the painting back in my studio. Chris and Angela got the surprise gift a couple of weeks ago.
Here are two shots of the painting in various stages.