Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ladies in Waiting

16x20 Oil on gallery-wrap canvas [SOLD]. I call this "Ladies in Waiting", it was late-February as I stood over the Mobile Bay to photograph this Fairhope marina. The certainty of the chilly winds against my probably insufficient outerwear told me that these sails of pretty colors longed for warmer days.
And for musical accompaniment- a song about changing seasons (lyrics, poetic theme from the Good Book, in Ecclesiastes). Additional images compliments of the creator of Forrest Gump: Mr. Patience.


nancy elstad said...

Love the ladies!

Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful one, Jill. Hmmm, why are things (cars, boats, etc) always female?

Nina E Jørgensen said...

I like how you gave it some nice bright colours and made the picture more lively than the photograph!

BaysideLife said...

Just lovely, Jill. There is something so comforting about boats at anchor, or in this case they seem to be beached.

Marie Theron said...

Lovely Jill, and although you are not in the photo, by now I almost always picture you there, ponytail and jeans, painting away!

Jill Berry said...

Thanks again Nancy! (tell hubby you want it for Christmas, & I'll give him a blog-discount!!)

Carol- your (?) prompted a search...
"The majority of vessels are named after important female figures, either historical or personal, with the names often including important women in the captain's life. There is an extensive, precise ceremony that most captains follow to ward off any bad luck. The name is chosen, painted on the ship, and the ship then cast off on its maiden voyage following the blessing."
"A feminine name is always selected with the idea of safety and protection, and that the sea will mother and protect the vessel on its journeys just as a mother watches over her children."
"Selecting a name that is significant to the owner and captain of the ship will motivate him to love and cherish his ship just as he would her namesake, making her maintenance and upkeep a top priority."
I like these thoughts better than the one answer I recieved, when wondered out-loud.- "Because men own them." Yeah! Had to find a kinder-gentler answer for you!

Thanks Nina!
-because it's so easy to paint the ~life~ right out of them.

Thanks Bayside- Do you enter photos in the Exhibit at the Fair? If you check it out- see also the Art Study Club Show, same bldg.

I am going now to see what you have been doing in S.Africa. Did I ever tell you some of my dear friends moved there?
It's not always viable to get an artist-in-action shot, like today when my camera got left in the car that's in the shop. But I know readers like the pictures too, at least that's what I tell the strangers I enlist to do the shooting.

Karen Bruson said...

Beautiful painting. Love how you lead the eye in with your compostion and wonderful lights in the water reflections.

Gwen Bell said...

Gorgeous! Love the light greens in the water. Your paintings are ones I always open up to the larger view because your brushwork is just breathtaking!

Claudia Spencer Finn said...

Really beautiful Jill, you have such a great way of selecting just the right amount of information to paint! Also wonderful color!

Jill Berry said...

Karen- thanks for mentioning those particulars- I strategically avoided overpainting those streams of light between the boats.

Gwen.!.!. my friend!
your breathless comment leaves me smilin~

Claudia, for your great comment.
There is always that temptation to keep "talking" about the boats in the distance, without declaring the point.

susan hong-sammons said...

I love love love coming to your blog. I haven't been in weeks so this was a real treat to see so many new to me paintings. I am partial to "Ladies in waiting" because I'm envious of how freshly yet with great sensitivity, you painted this piece.