This place was originally built as a lifesaving station. The Wright Brothers stayed in this building when they came to Outer Banks to test their theories of flight. Some time later it was decided that Kitty Hawk really didn't need a lifesaving station, and they would drop the whole business of saving lives. Someone else decided it to keep up the good work, and did a lot of additions and it has been saving lives like mine regularly, and pretty often too. They serve a fine rum and tonic.
I'm talkin' about the cat and painting here, not me. This ain't no confessional here.
I did not wake up this morning thinking I would be depicting a cat with obvious issues. I have looked at a lot of cat paintings, a lot, and all those cats seemed happy and calm and well adjusted little kitties and they make you feel warm and fuzzy. So whats the deal with my cats?
I may add a bit more paint to this, but it is all but finished.
A lot of painters do a detailed sketch in pencil or chalk to define the shapes before they add paint. Not me. I muck right in and then wipe it off and then muck in some more. This leaves my canvases pretty oily before I find the shapes. I will probably have to let this dry some or use a very soft brush. I decided to push my luck and paint this wonderful house on Hatteras Island one more time in its old location. They moved it this spring. If you did not get to witness the move, here is a youtube video. (Sidebar) The house moving contractor is the same company that moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse a few years ago.
I have painted this old grey house in Kill Devil Hills at least 5 times. A little oceanfront cottage along the beachroad on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I pass it and remember its shapes and contours fondly, at 35 miles an hour.
I did something a little different here, my wee mouton. I first coated the canvas with black acrylic paint, 2 coats. I wanted to paint this instead of drawing and then coloring, which is my usual M.O. It got me here faster and in a more loose manner.
When I first moved to the outer banks I did not know what crab shedders were. In an elaborate process, females blue crabs are set out in pans of circulating brackish water. At an appropriate time in May, a male crab is introduced to the pan. The females sense the male and assume its time to molt. The female willingly sheds her hard crusty exoskeleton with the assumption mating will ensue (ensue?). The moment she has molted she is placed on ice and awaits her true fate. Fried Softshells. Crab shedding is what its called. If the crabs are not put on ice all but immediately, they become paper shells and then leatherbacks and then back to hard shell crabs.