In a post almost three years ago, I wrote about the wall paintings in the main harbor of the Azores. Joe Taruga (see his Flickr page at the link above) wrote:
"Before sailing away, everyone must draw on the marina wall (Horta - Faial) a flag for a dream country, some sails filled up with the wind of love and doom, a geometrical or sophisticated figure, and write down the name of the yacht or sailing boat that went by, and leave messages and poetic phrases - for this will mitigate the wrath of the sea gods and grant the trip back home."
When I read this the first time, my heart immediately reached out to the idea. It filled all the playful and wistful parts of me. I was delighted that a real place on earth would practice such a poetic and lovely ritual.
I've tried once or twice since then to create my flag, but could never get what I wanted. A few weeks ago I finally got it. The words say:
And the name of the boat is "Glee."
This image works well for me because I feel like I travel as I paint. I go without leaving home. And I tried to make this look like the rough, thick look of paint on other paint on stone.
This painting is also number three in a "House" series. The others are Mistletoe House and Caribonsai House.
Acrylic on Arches hot press - 19 x 19. Two completely different failed paintings lie underneath this surface...