Keel Art

Maddie has always painted a mural on our keel. Our first haul out of our voyage was in the first week, and that is when Maddie began this tradition. That first mural was done with topside paint and quickly grew many things! That was a valuable lesson to Maddie to paint in bottom paint. 

The second mural was in Florida and we applied what we had learned! Seeing the mural while snorkeling was very awesome.  

This, our third mural, was once again painted by Maddie the morning before we splashed in the Azores.  



Container Art

After passing under the bridge with the mural, we came out and encountered this installation. 


Being a dentist, I was amused by the amount of teeth in this installation!  

Once again, if you are in a rush and don't stop to enjoy the towns you pass through, you would then miss out on these unique sights! 

Bridge Art

While anchored near Lake Worth, we came ashore and found this gem painted on the side of the bridge abutment! 


This painting goes unnoticed, as everyone passing through the bridge passes on the other side of the abutment, and cars can't see this area of the bridge. The only ones who get to enjoy this spectacle are those who are walking through this park and chose to take the walkway under the bridge. 

While cruising, you will find art in different places in different towns, but it all serves as a representation of the local flavor in that town. 

Keel Art

Bottom painting usually implies smearing a slow release poison onto the bottom of your boat, but for Maddie, it is a moving canvas! 


Last time Maddie painted the mural in topside paint over the bottom paint. It held on well, but so did everything that grows under the sea! In a week, the mural was very fuzzy and required constant scrubbing to keep the hull clean. 

This time, we were planning on doing a new mural, so we picked up some back antifouling paint while we were at the chandilery.  


I tried my luck on the port side, and we quickly learned why Maddie does art and I do teeth and rigging!


At the end of it all, we splashed Wisdom and the mural is now in a place where only the fish can enjoy it (at least until we get to clearer waters)! 


Once we get to the Bahamas, the bottom will be much easier to see! 


Functional Artwork

At the Gibbs Museum in Charleston, they had on display an old sign for a dentist.


Now, back in the old days, the remedy for any painful tooth was to extract it. This left you with a toothless mouth! This dentist commissioned a wood carver to create a sign for his practice that would advertise that he would put your teeth back (in the form of dentures).  

Maddie, an artist and art teacher, has made it very clear that for something to be "art" it must only meet the purpose of being art. If it has any other purpose, then it is that thing and not "art". That being said, it was fun to see how history can look away from the fact that this piece of art was actually a sign board used to attract paying patients to this dentists office and hang it on the museum wall displaying it as "art with a past purpose" even though now it is merely a piece of art.