Attached is my newest effort, "Red, Right, Return", 8 x 10 inches, oils on mdf panel. As always your suggestions for improvement are welcomed and appreciated.
For those of you who are not into boating activities, a quick explanation about the title. I did this painting after painting 'Puff', the funny little 'fish' which I posted earlier - Puff got me to thinking about my ocean going days...lots of great memories. One of the best memories, however, is at the end of a long expedition (typically several weeks) and the ship turned toward home....actually it turned toward a port where we would catch a flight home. I never felt like I was really headed home until we began to see the navigational buoys that mark the deep-water channel into port. On stormy days or at night you could only see one channel marker....we didn't have GPS back when I started going to sea in the late 60's. Channel buoys are different colors and serve different purposes .... in this case since we were headed into port, we kept the red buoy on the right side (starboard side) of the ship. So, 'red, right, return', means that we were safely in the channel, heading into port and really close to getting back to my family. That's the fun part of this painting for me.....a gloomy, dark, stormy, windy, choppy sea was all forgotten when I saw that red buoy on the right side of the ship! So please don't think I paint dark and gloomy scenes out of some sense of sadness...quite the opposite!