Artist Residency, Day One...From the Oyster Boat
I am grateful for today's opportunity. Today I rode along with Delene and Eugene in their oyster boat. I cannot describe in this post everything I experienced in just one day of their lives. The trials, changes, and uncertainties are overwhelming in their vocation. Yet, I never saw Delene without a smile on her face and speaking kindly to her husband Eugene.
There will be an in depth presentation and mini-documentary later on. Suffice it to say, that I feel just a bit more attached to these people than ever before. The industry down here has changed so much in the nine years that I have been coming to paint. Even though I know today was just a small taste of their lives, I am so happy for it.
It was really tough painting on the boat. But no one has a job as tough as these people do. They even let me do a little bit of harvesting too! My arms could barely handle the task just once. (Then I ate the two that I brought in. LOL. Good thing it isn't up to me. We were all starve.)
It felt sad leaving one another when the day was over. I really hope to keep up with them and to see them again.
Oh, and then I fell off the boat. Just my little way of adding some drama to the end of an otherwise perfect day.