In the not too distant past (20 years ago… or is that the ancient past?) the only way to get to and from P.E.I. was by ferry-boat. I spent more than a few hours aboard those affectionately names “egg-crates” of the sea. Today’s watercolour shows some of the mechanical workings of one of those ferries.
Today’s image is a painting from quite a few years ago. The Melita was the ship that my mother and her family immigrated to Canada on. They made their way from Ireland to Canada in the early part of the 20th century.
It never hurts to have a few of these.
I’ve always thought it would be incredible to be able to build one of those ships that fill the inside of a bottle.
Today’s painting is my best cheat; it’s from a few years ago and is one of my “preserves”.
Today’s image is an etching from a long time ago. It is based on a small boat encountered on a trip to Newfoundland.
Today’s painting Pentimento is from several years ago. A pentimento is when a painting has been changed, and you can see parts of the previous work. It often shows that the artist has changed his or her mind about the composition as they worked on the painting. In my case I wanted to layer several aspects of my grandmother’s life into one picture. Included in the piece is an image from a studio photo done in Ireland. There is also a boat to represent the one she immigrated to Canada on. Another layer shows an image of a goat to represent the one she had an unfortunate encounter with when she was in her eighties (that led to a broken hip). Finally there is a layer with some flowers to represent her beauty.
Living on an island one can’t really go too long without painting one, so today’s watercolour is of a boat. It’s a Tug Boat of the plastic variety, not big enough to do a lot of heavy lifting, but just the right size for hours of fun in the splash pool.
Today’s painting is from a few years ago, and is a member of my Preserved series. This time it’s that staple of maritime marine life, “The Dory” that’s been preserved. People have been putting ships in bottles for ages, I figured it was time a smaller but no less important vessel be given the treatment.
To travel to PEI you can use the bridge ( an engineering marvel ) or you can catch the ferry. There was a time when “The Boat” was the only way on or off our Isle in the strait. Today’s watercolour shows a snippet of one of the ferries.