Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Common Tern


This was the second of my commissioned paintings. The Terns perched on the old fishing boat appear in abundance in many parts of the world ranging from North America to Europe and Africa.

For me the major challenge with this painting was to bring out the worn and neglected look of the old fishing boat lying on the sand.

What was once someones pride and joy now lies abandoned on the beach with little more purpose than a perch for any bird that chooses to rest a while on the old relic.

The cracked and rotting wood, old paint, rusted chain and worn metal bits, make me wonder about the history of this old fishing boat.

I am sure that if it could talk, it would regale us with tales of wild seas huge waves and of the hardy characters who sailed on it and cared for it because their very lives depended on it.

Sadly those characters are now probably also old and maybe abandoned like many of our elderly folk who have outlived their usefulness and can no longer contribute to our modern fast paced technological lifestyle.

13 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful painting and excellent commentary!

Petra Voegtle said...

Very nice colours in this painting.
Greetings from Munich,
Petra

Broadway Matron said...

I just did a tour of your blog - lovely, lovely art work - I wouldn't mind owning some of your work...

Shaka Zulu said...

Nice job, I appreciate your creativity!!! Thank you for a blog that is original and beautiful!

Anita said...

Beautiful! Your work is wonderful...

Prairie Dreams

Smadar's Treasure said...

I think you succeeded in your challenge. Lovely painting!

Smadar

torasham said...

very good paint...well done by you.

Gregorio said...

I am a big fan of the colors that you used in this painting.I really like the way the birds almost become a part of the boat itself.Very nice,great choice of colors.

suplado said...

talented!! Nice painting I wish I could find time to paint again

Barbara said...

Beautiful post and artwork. I really appreciate people who use their talent...and you are very talented!

gLoR!e said...

wow nice art work!:) keep it up and explore more!:)

Pembrokeshire Directory said...

Great picture, you have great talent

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