Of course, once having viewed glorious water, I wanted to learn to paint it. Working in watercolour some time ago, I started a portrait of Jon sterning the canoe on Saltspring, as seen my vantage place up front in the bow seat.** The portrait and the canoe went fine and then I froze. It took two years before I had a moment of sufficient nerve to finish the water. What did I finally realize?
ROUNDED DIAMONDS ON THEIR SIDES. Now go paint some water.
**Never have learned to stern a canoe -- Jon tried to teach me once in the Humber River in three feet of water but I looked up to see an enormous harbour police boat which had approached because we were going in circles. He must have thought we were drunk. No, just uncoordinated. After receiving a warning AND A TICKET, I cried for an hour and Jon knew that his position in the stern was his for life.