Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy for the Nice Press

While at The Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival I was asked to write a bit about my painting. It turned up in the winter issue of Ash Breeze, the journal of the Traditional Small Craft Association. Thanks to Andy Wolfe and Mike Wick.   Click here to view on page 6...

Friday, December 20, 2013

First Out, Last In

Really fine seafood is harvested on the Chesapeake's western shore of Virginia. This year I was lucky to get some of the best oysters I can remember. And there were a few fine crabcakes as well.

Watermen that work the Bay off The Hole in the Wall, along the Pianktank and length of the Rappahannock are close to this often trying environment... up and out even in the coldest months. Here's a Happy Holiday to them and their families. Thank you for the treats.

First Out, Last In
Watercolor on Arches paper
© Curt Bowman 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Night Fishing

Although I studied ichthyology in graduate school, researched white sharks in South Africa and cook a tasty Huachinango a la Veracruzana... I am not a fisherman. In fact you could probably count the fish I've caught on your fingers and toes. That includes trash on the line.

I do see a bit of poetry in it. Especially the lone fisherman. I am trying to capture that in my painting.

Moonlight on East River, Mathews County
© Curt Bowman 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013


A couple of months ago I rented a garage in an alley in the Museum District, a few blocks from where we live. It is a nice walk and a quiet sanctuary where work can be done. Annie is put up for the winter and her spars are hanging on the wall awaiting a bit of renewal and next spring season. 

Working on a large series of paintings on steel. They blend maritime tradition and the non-objective. In process...

A place for lists

Oil and transfer on steel


Hipster table



Never too many shelves