Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sign Motif

I'm sure that when some tourists travelling Hwy. 98 on their way to Apalachicola, Florida pass through the oystering community of Eastpoint, they view the hodge podge of wharves, docks and seafood warehouses as an eyesore. But the first time I saw that stretch of run down old buildings, I thought, Here is enough subject matter for a lifetime! So when Hurricane Dennis roared ashore a few years ago, I was saddened that so many places I had painted for years were gone or severely damaged. But some persevering oysterman had replaced a banner as a sign that a way of life would survive. I felt obligated to paint it.

It's not always the pretty scene that grabs your emotions.

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