“Rockland Fishing Pier”

“Rockland Fishing Pier”, by Robert Leedy, 2004, watercolor on Arches Cold Press paper, 12.75 x 20 in., Collection of the Artist
“Rockland Fishing Pier”
by Robert Leedy, 2004,
watercolor on Arches Cold Press paper,
12.75 x 20 in.,
Collection of the Artist

The Rockland fishing pier in Rockland, Maine is a pretty exciting place for subject matter. I really like the idea of making a painting from something “non–pretty” such as this rather industrial-looking machinery used to pump fish from the fishing boats onto trucks. This machinery creates some very interesting shapes and the resulting painting is visually exciting despite what most people might initially perceive as dull subject matter.

There is probably a good lesson here – and one that is repeated in the works of many artists throughout history: here is potential “beauty” in just about any subject matter.

The smell of fish was pretty strong but I eventually got used to it. As I painted “Rockland Fishing Pier”, an owner of one of the fishing boats docked nearby approached and asked, “Why don’t you paint my boat?” He and his crew were getting ready for what looked like an overnight (or possibly longer) trip out. I jokingly answered that I needed to go out on the boat in order to successfully paint it. “Come on !” he responded.

That was a potential adventure I should have taken him up on.


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