If you’re Canadian, it’s a long weekend…July 1st is Canada Day! If you’re American, it’s a long weekend, July 4th on Monday! Wherever you are celebrating or relaxing or laying down, resting and restoring, I hope it is peaceful. I think we could all use some of that!

My long weekend is a combination of rest and play. Rest because I had a pretty bad trip and fall walking Bella this week and landed on the pavement in a dramatic skid and thump. (Fallen tree branch sticking out of the trail….) I haven’t been this sore for a long time. Nothing is broken but Knees, elbows and hands are pretty roughed up.

Play this weekend comes in form of lunch out with a dear friend, Main Street shopping and browsing at my fave haunts and painting for fun. Painting for fun usually means picking a subject or theme that has nothing to do with anything I’m “working” on, no commissions, no purpose, just something about it captures my heart and spirit. Hinckley sailboats and picnic boats fall under that category. If my last big painting was inspired by the outdoorsy glamping picnic, seems right that the bread crumbs lead me to the iconic beloved Hinckley Picnic Boat.

“The first duty of a boat is to be beautiful”. Shep McKenney, Chairman Hinckley Yachts.

Happy weekend, friends! On sea, lake, land, bike, curbside watching your parade or inside your studio, I’m wishing you a long weekend that has space to create, relax and stretch out your picnic.

“Picnic Boat” 16×20″