Our art group (Portland Plein Air and Studio Painters) had an opportunity today that turned out to be even better than expected. We were invited to paint on the Portland Maritime Museum, which is a steamship sternwheeler docked at the waterfront in Portland. The staff was very gracious and gave me a tour of every nook and cranny of the ship, even though I didn't know what most of it meant. There were so many good opportunities for paintings and sketches--it was difficult to choose. However, Carrie and I chose to sit in the wheelhouse and make some sketches there. This is one of an old stool, which you can imagine the captain using while he steered the ship. We will go back, and do more. It is hoped there will be a show of paintings done over the next few months. I can hardly wait to go back on one of those stormy Portland winter days and paint from the inside looking out. Hope it isn't too "rocky!" I want to give it a try.