Sailor’s Delight painting and video

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Sailor’s Delight?

We’ve all heard the saying:
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning
Look at this sky – I would say it’s a Sailor’s Delight

Sailors Delight by Deb Breton
Red skies at night, “Sailor’s Delight” by Deb Breton. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 18H x 24W x.75D, paintings theme wraps around the sides.



Maybe it’s all the rain lately…

Yes, California needs the rain and I AM happy about it, but it’s days like these past few days where the sun stays away for too long, that I get mopey, even Ziggy our dog gets mopey too. Is it any wonder that I painted “Sailor’s Delight”?

So today’s video is of a painting that was inspired by reminiscing about sunny days on the beach in Florida, specifically Fort DeSoto and the surrounding areas. Maybe its all the rain we’ve had here lately that makes me think fondly of fun times with friends on Pass-a-Grille beach. And all the great times spent fishing, sailing and boating in and around Clearwater and Tampa Bay.

In fact, years ago when I worked at the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, my good friend Wendy and I worked on restoring a boat named the DILLIGAF. It was a gorgeous yacht and the boats namesake ‘Dilligaf’ for those who don’t know, is actually an acronym for “Do I Look Like I Give A F**K.” The yacht was to be featured in some fancy schmancy yachting magazine and we were busy that summer sanding and polishing all the chrome and brass. Every inch of teak and leather had to be oiled and on the outside, all the barnacles scraped off the hull and everything waxed. When we finished fixing, cleaning and shining EVERYTHING, that boat was gorgeous AND I had an awesome tan, talk about a win-win! It was one of my more memorable summers spent in St. Pete or “The Burg” as it is lovingly called. I learned a lot about boating and sailing that summer and in the years following… To this day the spray of saltwater over the bow and lulling waves still call.



Red sky at night, “Sailor’s Delight” by Deb Breton. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 18H x 24W x.75D, the painting’s theme wraps around the sides.


So thanks for indulging me as I strolled down memory lane.  I hope you’ll consider subscribing or giving the video a thumbs up if you liked it.


Thanks for stopping by – have the best day ever!

11 Responses

  1. maryellenwall

    I was a US Navy sailor and got to see many a sunrise and sunset. This painting puts me in a warm state of mind, bringing remembrances of heading out and wondering what might happen on the long voyage ahead. The sky can display the most fantastic colors! You painting evokes a wonderful feeling, thanks!

    • Deb B

      Aww, thank you Maryellen, so nice to hear that this painting had that effect on you! You are a brave soul, cannot even imagine being a sailor in the US Navy and seeing some of the sights you must have seen! Fascinating and scary all at the same time, especially when your ship takes you away for such a long stretch!

  2. enicely

    Deb, you have a polished, professional video here! The painting is delightful. The colors are juicy. Great job!

  3. Laura (Createarteveryday)

    Can’t wait to watch this video. I LOVE this painting, Deb. Wow, this is the kind of stuff I’d love to be creating. Thanks for sharing!

    • Deb B

      Thanks Laura. You’re kidding right, YOU create great art. Paint on!

      • Laura (Createarteveryday)

        That’s a huge compliment; thank you! I couldn’t follow from the PC and not sure why but it worked great on my phone. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

        • Deb B

          It’s true! The ‘follow’ issue, I think it has something to do with a self hosted site, wish I could figure out why – you’re not the first person to tell me that. Thanks for following Laura!

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