"...and the waves gently rocked the boat in a way that a mother rocks her baby to sleep."
As most artists, I create for the love of creating. To make a living from my artwork is a different story. During most of the year I am an art teacher (which is also awesome), and in the summer months I am fortunate to bartend with a small boat company that sails along the Chicago River and occasionally on Lake Michigan. This brings me to my story about the painting above.
There is this cute little lighthouse that rests near Navy Pier. It sits along a breakwall that by definition protects the coast from the large battering of waves. On rare occasions, the waves on Lake Michigan can get as high as 20 - 30 feet. However even two to three-foot waves can make a boat ride a bit rocky. That being said, when the waves get even a tiny bit ornery the captains tend to stay within the breakwall to make the sail more enjoyable.
For some reason I love this lighthouse. Maybe there's something about being on the water and seeing it so often that comforts me. I let go of everything that weighs heavily on my mind and just enjoy the view.
On this particular night we sailed very close to the lighthouse; closer than I’ve ever been. There we were in the twilight of a perfect summer evening calmly sailing along. Although the waves steadily rippled, rising and falling in a continuous pattern, the night was strangely quiet and perfect. The whitecaps glistened in the moonlight and the waves gently rocked the boat in a way that a mother rocks her baby to sleep. I went to my happy place and the whole evening was quite magical. So what do artists do when they come across a magical moment such as this? They paint it of course!
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