Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Patriot

 The Patriot
30" x 40"
oil on canvas

The tricolour flag  that is commonly used to unofficially represent the "republic" of Newfoundland is also known as the pink white and green (PWG). It has been stated in various sources that the triclour represented the island of Newfoundland for some 200 years. However Newfoundland was never a republic, and the PWG was never an official  flag. Its representation of independence is based more on the thoughts around  post-Confederation and the stand against it. The history behind the PWG is not ancient history as many think.  The flag's origins are sketchy and there seems to be no solid historical support for it, but it is seen frequently on clothing, bags and many souvenir items and now, a boat.

You can read more about the history of the PWG on the NL Heritage site.



I found this boat moored off shore in Bay Roberts and also met the owner by pure coincidence.  The result was this painting.

4 comments:

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

its kinda sad that I'm Canadian and this is the first I am hearing about this

Jeanette Jobson said...

I'd say most of Newfoundland does't know either. But in reality the tricolour is more an in province thing.

laura said...

Serendipitous! And very interesting.
Love the painting too--the tricolor really suits the boat's shape

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks Laura. I've seen the tricolour on lots of other things but not on a boat before. Too good to resist! :)