How to: La Jolla Waterways
I have spent a lot of time on boats and canals, waiting in locks to keep moving downstream, it is stressful. You do not want to bump the lock or other boats.
This watercolor was made in France the summer of 2016 on the Burgundy Canal. The boat on the bottom is mine and there was a group of Russians in front of us. We were traveling next to them for hours. They did not care if they left room in the lock for us, yet they expected us to operate it for them, I liked it better when there was an Iron Curtin.
I love traveling this way; it is fun, we are all together, it is cheap, you get to see things you would never see in a car, and I love the idea of pulling up to the side of the canal and walk to a town I have never been. My son pointed out that I love doing this.
I was driving down Torrey Pines Road to La Jolla Shores, (places in La Jolla) like I had done many times before; however, this time I was on a boat and the road was a river; I was so happy that I wanted to make this dream real. I realized that gravity would never allow this to happen.
This was the first drawing - painting of my dream, when I made this painting I figured out I really did not know what boats looks like going down hill, most people don't. On the bottom right I wrote "Look on Sketch Up" and so I did.
Where the idea came from, I think.
Wilbur the protagonist agrees to show a Chinese man with a particularl interest in his and his twin sisters papers on gravity, how to manipulate and turn gravity on and off. I love this book and have read it many times, like most Vonnegut books. I was always impressed with the ideas that something so basic to our existence on earth, Vonnegut put a light switch on it.
I needed to find boats, and I needed to find boats with details and at the correct angle. I could not draw the boats going down hill or going uphill from a picture or from memory becausethat has never happened. I use boat modles from Google Sketchup. I would estimate the angle and the direction, screen shot it and then put it in the the canal that I constructed.