A Rowers Dream
Hanne Lore Koehler
Painting - Mixed
The distant early morning shore becomes more visible through the mist with each pensive stroke. Grueling daily training for the Henley Regatta requires strength, balance, endurance and concentration to row a scull (vessel). To brave the challenge of flatwater is no less a passion. This sculler was training above the dam on the Grand River in Cambridge, Ontario as I snapped many photos which I later used as reference when painting an original watercolor in my studio (also in this gallery). This image is the result of some photo manipulation that I applied to the photo of the original painting.
Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing (or sculling) event held every year on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England. The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta started in 1880 as the first championship for the newly formed Canadian Amateur Rowing Association. The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta has welcomed many famous spectators, including Grace Kelly, former Prime Minister The Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau and former Prime Minister The Right Honourable Jean Chr�tien. Competitive rowing became popular in Canada in the 1860s, and in 1880 the first Royal Canadian Henley Regatta for international oarsmen was held in Toronto. In 1903, a section of the old Welland Canal at Port Dalhousie was chosen as the permanent site for this popular sporting competition.
February 1st, 2014
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