Wednesday, March 24, 2010
8" x 10" Oil on canvas
$150 includes shipping This is Tangier Island in Accomack County, VA, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The only way on or off of Tangier Island is by boat or plane. Despite its isolation, there are about 600 people who live there full time, mostly commercial crabbers. The residents of Tangier Island speak a dialect of early American English that is said to be unchanged since colonial times. Traveling there is literally like traveling back in time.
The colors here are a little different from my usual - kind of pastel I guess. Not a lot of bright colors aside from the yellow of the closest boat house. Tangier is a grimy, crab-centered, place and this painting reminds me of that. A storm has just passed - everything is wet and the sun is just now poking through. I can smell the menhaden.