The Love Boat


8”x10” Acrylic on stretched canvas. $49.99, free shipping US only. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity. Sawtooth hanger, edges painted black so you can hang it up as is, but honestly, it’ll look really good in a frame.

This is the first StoryStarter on canvas rather than watercolor paper.

As I was writing this, I was thinking of all the kids who are sailing along all safe and cozy and then Mom and Dad break up, leaving Mom to captain their ship. I know it doesn’t always happen this way, but I couldn’t get it out of my head, and the analogy might help a family struggling with a breakup.

And of course, the story can go in a thousand different directions besides that one. Anyway, here’s…

The Love Boat

Well they were just out sailing along happily (like they always did).

But suddenly things weren’t looking so good.

Where did all these gigantic waves and sudden nightfall come from? Where did the bright sun and the gentle warm breezes go?

Everybody on the Love Boat was starting to get more than a little nervous. This had never happened before.

On the other hand, the captain didn’t seem the least bit bothered about it. In fact, she was as calm as a cucumber. (Cucumbers are normally very calm.)

And so… very calmly… the captain took firm hold of the ship’s wheel and…


2 thoughts on “The Love Boat

  1. Such a charming painting! I hope you are considering doing a book with these with your story starters on the page opposite the picture. I think it would work really well and maybe bring back some imagination to reading to the kids before bed.


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