I painted this scene while Vicky & I were taking a long weekend, mini-vacation on Puerto Rico’s West Coast. These yolas, or fishing boats, were on a beach somewhere in the vicinity of Aguadilla. I had seen them before on a surfing excursion and really wanted to come back and paint them. I found a cool spot in the shade under the trees along the beach and began painting. Vicky found an empty hammock and delighted in the relaxing sounds of the ocean waves lapping on the shoreline. I think she was asleep within ten minutes.
The boats are actually working fishing boats so, I was lucky to encounter them off the clock.
I had a lot of fun with the colors of the boats and the painting really becomes a play of colors, shapes, and flat patterns.
The painting gets it name simply for the fact that the original painting was a wedding gift to Vicky’s cousin, Rosana, and her fiancee, Francisco. Vicky’s aunt paid to have an edition of prints made; prints were signed and, in typical Puerto Rican fashion, given to all attendees of the wedding. I don’t think we’re quite that gracious at weddings here in the US! The blue boat in the foreground was actually named, “Luna” (Moon) and I like to think there is a connection with “honeymoon” here…
“Yolas de Aguadilla” is a second painting I created once I returned to the studio.