American Red 242
11 x 14" oil on cradled wood panel
I love the character of old wooden boats, especially those that show their age. Its the same with people. Shiny, perfect anything, outside a newborn baby seems artificial in some ways. Its as if the truth is being hidden from view.
With boats, a shiny coat of paint masks the knocks and marks of time and journeys which make its stories even more interesting. Pretending that life hasn't happened diminishes their value in my eyes.
American Red 242 is the name of a Newfoundland Heritage paint. This colour has been used on boats and doors and fences since before I have had memory. My mother's door and fence were this colour; my grandmother's door and fence were this colour. Perhaps it doesn't fade quickly. And judging by the boat in the painting, it is holding some colour despite the weathering.