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Sailing Ketubah

Sailing Anniversary Ketubah

I just finished this ketubah for an anniversary celebration.  (See my preliminary sketch here.  The original sketch included their Briard dogs, but we decided to leave them out. )  It was commissioned by a couple who spend much of their time sailing on Lake Michigan.

Working on it brought me back to my sailing days.  I learned to sail at Camp Ramah in Canada, and worked there as a sailing instructor.  I went on to teach sailing lessons at the Hoofers Sailing  Club at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I tried to capture the power of the wind in the sails, the rhythm and rocking of the waves and the freshness and energy of being out on the lake on a sail-boat.  (See more of my ketubahs here.)

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Sailing Ketubah- sketch

Colored-pencil sketch for a ketubah. The text will be on the spinnaker (rounded) sail.

This is a sketch for an anniversary ketubah.  The couple spends as much time as they can on their boat, sailing on Lake Michigan.  Their other passion is their Briard dogs, seen running in the lower left corner.  I tried to give a sense of the energy and movement of sailing, from the taut sails and brisk spray, to the gently rocking motion when you’re sleeping on the boat in port.  The skyline of Chicago is seen over the top of the spinnaker.