Seascape is a painting about danger and adventure. Nobody wants to be in danger at sea, but if you want adventure it may require something that puts you in harms way.
The Navy hymn is from a poem written in 1860 by William Whiting based on Psalm 107:23. Here is the first stanza . . .
Eternal Father, strong to save,Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!
You get that out-to-sea feeling in the movie, “The Perfect Storm” with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. Most of us, thankfully, have never been so far out in gigantic waves, but life often makes us feel that way. I can remember days in my life when I felt that way. Those experiences are in the past, and I’m glad for that. I hope anyone who looks at this painting can see the storm as something they got through, not something they are facing in front of them.
My Seascape painting came out darker and scarier that Vincent’s. It seems almost as if a great white shark is about to surge from the background!
18″ by 24″ acrylic on canvas
oakwood in a natural Cedar frame
Vincent seemed to be facing storms most of his life. He was never appreciated by his peers. Local townspeople scorned him. Young people taunted him. He only sold one painting while still alive (Red Vineyard). He was rejected and denied love.
But he had his brother Theo who stood with him to the end. He provided supplies and income for Vincent and was always there for him. Because of Theo, Vincent was able to totally devote his life to art. Vincent died at the age of 37, Theo at 33.
Seascape at Saintes-Maries by Vincent van Gogh