Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Go Figure

Sometimes a landscape composition will benefit from the inclusion of a figure.  The fisherman in this painting anchors the scene, even though the painting is about the waterfall. 

I am convinced that most men who fish secretly do it because it gives them a manly reason to be out in nature.  The quiet (well, waterfalls aren't exactly quiet!), the beauty, the wildlife....all give a peaceful atmosphere in which to rest, to heal, to contemplate and to slow down.  Anyone read Hemingway?

A few years ago there was an obituary in the Boothbay Harbor Register that read:  "In lieu of flowers, take a young person fishing."  I didn't know the deceased, but I sure wanted to.

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