Do any of you remember a childhood book entitled, “Burt Dow, Deep Water Man”? Author Robert McCloskey (http://www.robertmccloskeymemoir.com/) wrote about an east coast deep sea fisherman named Burt who ends up inside a whale in a gale. The story begins with Burt hooking a whooper, a whale. His tiny boat can’t hold the whale, so Burt removes his hook and patches the whales tail with colorful bandage. The story ends with Burt placing a colorful band-aid on the tails an entire pod of whales. You will have to read it to find out about the gale and the whale.
Of course, these photos are not part of Burt Dow’s story, but the whale here reminds me of McCloskey’s whales. And certainly this whale, with the notch out of one side and a knot in the other side of his tail might be able to use one of Burt’s bandages, or two or three.
But of course, this whale could be as friendly and helpful as any of the whales in McCloskey’s story.
I think the smile on this guy comes across really well. Of course, whales don’t smile, but if they did, this is what they would look like.
So, another whale. This one came out beautifully. While cedar is not the easiest wood to work with, an acrylic wash has allowed the cedar wood grain to pour through adding another dimension of texture to the piece. The whale is a stylized blue whale. The piece about 12 x x 4 without the base.
The base is a piece of lake drift wood. Some color has been added to give the feel of ocean floor. The colors seem a bit intense in these photos, but when the piece is sitting on a counter or mantel the colors come through more subtly. The mounting, at angle, gives the piece a little more movement. I really like the last picture. The shadow and light make for a happy face.
This whale is now part of the collection of Mr. Rick Buteyn.
“It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.” Proverbs 18:5