I began this blog/site as a place to share and explore my major passions – art, classic sailboats, the shaping of wood and the sometimes obtuse space where they intersect.
Why OrionSkye? On a clear night I can walk out of my studio and see, in the southern sky, the great constellation, Orion. He sits there next to Pleades, the Seven Sisters. Greek mythology has it that after a chance meeting with the hunter Orion, the Pleiades and their mother became the object of his pursuit. Enamoured with the young women, he pursued them over the face of the Earth. In pity for their plight, Zeus changed them into a flock of doves, which he set in the heavens.
In the Orion constellation there are two major stars that have been used by ocean navigators for centuries; Betelgeuse and Rigel. I can recall many late night watches at sea looking at these stars and steering my ship based on the course determined by the position of these two stars (and others). Why the spelling Skye? I chose this because it also represents a place (as is my studio), Scotland’s Isle of Skye, and is a nod to my Scottish heritage and to the line of seafarers of the Clan Duncan.
I hope the blog will not only provide interesting exchange and sharing of my life long learning, also of contributions by friends, colleagues, and characters that I admire and respect.