Archive for May, 2013
With the hull lifted, the keel is rolled under her and the hull slid down the bolts.
The mating of the PAINE 14 and her keel took place yesterday. It took a lot of people to haul her up to the ceiling, so a party developed for 21 of my closest friends.
65YRs. 3HRs. is one of this year’s new paintings that I will be showing at my annual show on July 12th at Martinsville Grange in Port Clyde. It is the result of three hours’ intense concentration with the lovely Carrie as my sitter. Of course as all my friends know, I have spent most of my waking hours for the last 65 years with a pencil, paintbrush or drafting pen in my hand.
The title refers to the famous conundrum in the field of fine art, of how to price a painting? The issue was first brought to public awareness in the famous London libel suit between James McNiell Whistler and art critic John Ruskin. Ruskin had published a scathing comment that at 200 Guineas for two days’ work, Whistler was gouging his portrait clients. The defense asked if two days of work was worth the 200-guinea price of the piece. Whistler replied, “No. I ask it for the knowledge I have gained in the work of a lifetime.”
As of today all of the carpentry is completed. What is left now is the final varnishing, and attaching the ballast keel. The quality is right up there!