This paint-out was a benefit for the Rockport Art Center which was badly damaged in the hurricane.  The first day of painting we went to the Aranasas National Wildlife Refuge.  It occupies a huge area of salt water marches and plants, birds and We were interupped by a drenching rain that lasted all afternoon.  I painted the boat to the right just a the clouds moved out and the sun began to shine.

The shrimpers in the Fulton Beach harbor were so beautiful.  They had aqua nets strung up to dry  and all sorts of rusty tools of the trade onboard.  Being a landlubber I had a serious challenge with the water and the hsapes of the boats.  The more I looked around the more I found to paint.  Mid-day was beastly hot, but early morning or late afternoon was quite pleasant.