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On a historic cruise ship in the Delta, Lodi artist David Jon Foster has a new art studio that is taking him and his work back to his nautical roots

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 8:47 am

With a wide open day and a brand new canvas calling to him, David Jon Foster sits down at his easel to paint. Three Tiki jars to the left hold his paintbrushes. And to the right, Styrofoam plates are filled with bold-colored paint. He plugs his iPhone into an amp, and smooth lounge jazz filters through a axillary cable, filling his workspace.

Inspiration will strike quickly, most of the time. But before he can pick up a paintbrush, he has to take in the world that surrounds him: The waves smacking on the decks below; a white heron perched on a marshy bank; ripples that form on the top of the water from somewhere below the surface; the flicker of the sun reflected on a piece of the ship’s metal hardware; frogs croaking; the purr or meow of Kitty — the vagrant feline who came aboard a few years back.

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