A few days ago I enjoyed an evening sketching in Hudson, Wisconsin. This beautiful river-side town boasts a nice park right on the waterfront, so I parked and looked around for things to sketch. The day was winding down, blue skies and evening sun setting, breezes, and the activity on the river was all around me. Large yachts, cruisers, ski boats, and sail boats moved slowly around the river or were anchored together in the middle of the water where people talked and radios blared. I sat at a picnic bench by the marina and noticed the St. Croix Sailing School sailboats parked nearby. I liked the look of the row of boats, the sunlight was bouncing off their ends, the other parks in partial shadow under the trees. Sometimes I notice patterns and shapes that are interesting and that’s what I choose to sketch. After I sketched the waiting sailboats, I turned the other direction and looked out into the marina. A group of adults sat in the back of a boat and on the dock and sipped drinks and chatted. Near them was the dock and other large boats were parked. I watched a guy in a smaller fishing boat and he stood on the dock and talked to others. It was so relaxing that evening, everyone seemed to be having a nice time! There’s something about boats and water….I love to sketch them.