My first recollection of seagulls was watching them fly behind the farm machinery and eat in mass whatever the farm equipment would stir up. At first they seemed like welcome company on those lonely trips back and forth across the fields. They would eat earth worms until they were too heavy to fly. I questioned then how they fit into God's Plan for all things. Now that I am older I don't think about God's plans. She knew that they were put here to eat all that stuff we wouldn't. Besides, I don't like earth worms much anyway.
I think this is enough paint. When I like a piece I will paint compuslively on it until I am satisfied with it or until I have killed it. I really do like how this one turned out, not overworked.
I am posting my reference photo. If any of you painters would like to paint this boat, feel free. I would love to see how someone else would paint this. This is a new sportfisher named Reel Chaos that is being built in Wanchese, NC. I would guess it is a 70' plus?
Hey, this is, (by my standards) my 900th painting. Originally I thought, "........well, maybe I will do....50." that was in Sept. 2007. Now I have some confidence I will see 1000. Most days I say a little prayer in thanks for being able to just one more, maybe a little better than the last. Some days it works.
This is the biggest canvas I have ever painted on. this started off as a chance to stain a very large carvas that had been sitting neatly wrapped in celophane. I felt sort of a guilty pleasure painting this in knowing it is pretty much of an unsellable piece. Somehow a canvas of this size is intimidating in its very presence, you perhaps may know the feeling. I like the unfinished quality of this. Accompanied with the sense of rightousness that comes with setting aside childish things, and then feeling somehow less foolish than had I carried this charade to an overworked death. I did not have a model to work from, not even a good photograph of a crab in this position, face or no. I am getting to know my subject quite well, and take comfort in knowing that losing face for a softshell crab is far more tramatic and painful than it is for me.
thanks for looking.
Oil on canvas 36"X48
Below are some pictures of the New Fishing Pier in Nags Head. For those of you that are not familiar with softshell crabs, one of the things that happens to them is the face is cut off and the back is peeled away to clean it before it is fried or sauteed.