Saturday, December 10, 2016

Boat Portraits

 -On watercolour... The only virtue to it, is to put down an idea about what you feel at the moment.
   (Andrew Wyeth)

-On beauty... If you foolishly ignore beauty, you'll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. 

  (Frank Loyd Wright)

From a purely practical perspective, a boat is a tool to take you places. You can visit small towns, where it becomes your water front hotel. Anchored in a cove it becomes a secluded cabin, a fishing and kayaking camp, a romantic get away, or a family outing. But at least 50 % of our motivation comes from somewhere in the heart, where we just like the way it looks, just lying there but ready to take us anywhere. We envision what she looks like under sail, but we never get to see, that. We want to share the emotion with friends, but unless they are sailors, it's impossible to convey in a cold photograph.

 Bugey sailing near Cape May, New Jersey. This was done on commission for the owner and is a composite of a number of photographs.

The artist, on the other hand, is not so constrained by the situation. The light can changed, a favorite background substituted, an her best attitude presented, conveying how you see her.

The feeling of special places and homes come alive as well.

A few photographs, an idea, and the artist's eye can preserve this feeling forever. Sailing feels a bit like flying, but not everyone feels it.

Ken Frye -- Artist


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