Status of Original Painting – For Sale
All prices are in Canadian dollars
Size: 12.25 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches
This battered old boat is well past its time. Like an old horse, it was put out to pasture many years ago. My working title was the tongue-in-cheek “Seaworthy” because the boat must have been that, sometime long ago. But shortly before I was finished, the more inspired title “Rest in Pieces” sprung to mind.
My most recent painting before this one was “Harbour Lens,” which also featured a boat. Normally I wouldn’t return to a boat scene for several paintings at least. But when I saw the reference photo, I wanted to paint from it right away. This painting is effectively an opposite to the fast, clean, slick boat, and interesting reflections in the water, that featured in “Harbour Lens.” In contrast, “Rest in Pieces” shows a weary, worn out old wreck that’s falling apart in the grass, with no water anywhere. This boat is destined to become firewood. Together, the two paintings could be considered a diptych.
The scene is in Savage Cove, a tiny community of 133 people on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. My thanks to Laura Genge who took the reference photo and allowed me to paint from it. The boat was her late uncle’s and it currently awaits its fate on her nan’s property.