Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

mr. edwards & mr. jack

Posted in art, arts of the sailor, salty talk, swim, Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2012/02/29

für Oncle Ralph!

Happy Leap Day! Captain Bill says you have to make a captain lie down and jump over him. Some kind of an old mariners’ tradition…



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  1. Johna Till Johnson said, on 2012/02/29 at 02:54

    Love it!!

  2. tugster said, on 2012/02/29 at 07:29

    i love this! makes me hope that some day in a fit of energy, you undertake to render some exchanges in one o my favorite books of recent years . . . like of pi!

  3. Vladimir Brezina said, on 2012/02/29 at 08:06

    One of your best! Happy Leap Day to you too!

  4. Buck said, on 2012/02/29 at 12:50

    Elephants and umlauts,
    The unchained spirit roams free.
    Over the sea.

  5. o docker said, on 2012/02/29 at 16:11

    No bell? No glass? How could an elephant forget to pack his trunk?

  6. Paul Drouin said, on 2012/02/29 at 16:50

    Quirky, irreverent, funny! How do you think up such things? I love it!! ;-)

  7. Mage Bailey said, on 2012/02/29 at 21:31

    Your imagination is magic. You have me in the palm of your hand.

    And, I know I told you once, but I love my calender. Love, love,

  8. Koops said, on 2012/03/01 at 02:59


  9. tugboathunter said, on 2012/03/01 at 17:07

    Fantastic (and funny) as usual, Bowsprite! I love the elephant renderings especially.

  10. Michael said, on 2012/03/02 at 16:13

    Wonderful! Now I want to swim with elephants and cut through the umbrage of silhouettes.

    • tugster said, on 2012/03/02 at 19:08

      i wanna see beret’ed elephants SUPing!

  11. Vagabonde said, on 2012/03/04 at 21:46

    An elephant with a béret? He must have some French ancestry… Une petite histoire excellente!

  12. bowsprite said, on 2012/03/04 at 22:56

    ah, merci, thank you, Friends!
    I wish I could be as creative as everyone thinks or as I think when i’ve had a beer or vino. But Uncle Ralph from Zürich gave us two lovely kinetic sculptures, hand-hammered out of tin which rocked to and fro. One was an elephant, whose legs, ears and trunks swung in rhythm to the rocking, and the other was a little man in a rowboat who leaned and pulled on invisible waves. What they were wearing is what I drew, and what they said is what the little mushrooms told me they said. No, I mean…the Strait of Gilbraltar bit is ripped off Das Boot, and the soused pigs head is from Patrick o’Brien! I think the peanuts thing was on the flight back. With maybe a touch of vino.

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