#1105

"High and Dry"

Tom Thomson's "Boats"The next in the series of iconic Canadian art and how that inspiration might appear with the impacts of global warming. This is Tom Thomson's "Boats" from 1916. I have painted the same inspiration on a slightly different shape of canvas. The boats are now high and dry on green grass and the little water that remains is in the distance. Dropping water levels have already begun in the Great Lakes basin. Increased evapouration is the main cause for these drops. The rainfall is about the sameor even a bit more but comes in intense but sporadic episodes that produce more run-off in between the longer droughts. The water doesn't stick around.

The title is fairly obvious with the positioning of the boats a long way from the water. The name also links to my favourite Canadian singer, Gordon Lightfoot and his song of the same name.

High And Dry :
With a lady-like devotion
She sails the bitter ocean
If it wasn't for lovesick sailors
There'd be nothin' left but flotsam
Singin' why me oh my
Is there a better man than I
I hope you find your way back home
Before you're lyin' high and dry
I hope you find your way back home
Before you die
Her sails blow like bubbles
While ya sip yer daily doubles
If she wasn't so fond of the weather
She might give the deckhands trouble
Singin' why me oh my
Is there a better man than I
I hope you find your way back home
Before you're lyin' high and dry
I hope you find your way back home
Before you die

 

You might notice the embellishment of my signature. The leg on the "k" is a small capital "T" followed by a real "T". I thought it only appropriate since the inspiration came from Tom. I will do this on all paintings based on Tom's work.

Water Mixable oils on crimson red acrylic tinted foundation on commercial canvas - 10 X 12 (inches). Started around 2:30 pm Saturday, January 30, 2010. Painting Place the Executive Chadwick Art House Studio, Brockville, Ontario.