An original acrylic painting, on canvas panel
24 X 18", unframed
$1,800.00, ( plus $30.00, pack and ship )
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Shifting sands have symbolized the passage of time, and the brevity of life,
since ancient times, especially so following the invention of the hourglass, to
measure the passing hours of our days. The old philosophers and religious
teachers warned us that our lives, like our houses, must be built on a firm
foundation, and not on an insubstantial bed of sand. But time eventually turns
even the foundations of our finest plans and dreams, into grains of sand.
This painting is the story of another life and another dream which has been
lost to unrelenting time and tide, and the shifting, wind-blown sands. An old,
fishing boat which was once the pride and joy of its owner, gradually wore out
and deteriorated over the years, to the point that it could no longer be repaired,
and so it was abandoned to the dunes. Now the shifting sands and beach grasses
are capturing this faded relic of a forgotten man's enterprise. A passing seagull
looks down at the derelict boat as if expecting to see the old fisherman cleaning
his catch-of-the-day, and tossing away some tasty fish-heads. But the fisherman
is just a fleeting ghost.
The composition of this painting is one which is often referred to as a Zed
( or letter Z ) composition, using a pattern of overlapping triangles and diagonal
lines which zig-zag up from the bottom of the picture-plain to the top, thereby
leading the eye of the viewer to proceed up from the foreground, to the middle-
ground, and on into the distant background.