Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pump Out, 6" x 6", Oil on Panel, 2007
Photos and paintings just never seem to do these ships justice when it comes to their absolutely massive size. Even at its berth here in in South Portland, there is a sense of danger being near it, though it would take a team of tugboats just to move it an inch before it got underway. I'm always a bit conflicted about these ships--I love watching slide in and out of Portland Harbor, and the orchestrated maneuvers of the tugs to put them on or pull them off the docks. And yet, they strike me as these giant pollution machines, making their own mess, and carrying fuel for us landlubbers to keep the mess going. But you can't escape that they are an icon of the times.

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16 Comments:

Blogger rob ijbema said...

well cooper,it looks massive to me!!
great job on the values,they look spot on
i understand your love/hate relationship with those tankers,
imagine how those racing cars make me think...

11/14/2007  
Blogger Frank Gardner said...

Real nice job Cooper. This is one of my favorites that you have done. I agree with Rob, good values. Nice subtle color variety. I can feel the size, even though it is just a 6x6. My eye really moves around in this one.

11/14/2007  
Blogger Stephen Magsig said...

Wow, Cooper, Painting bulks up beautifully, the color is right on. Value shifts on the hull or wonderful, altogether a GREAT painting, great work. I agree with Frank, one of your best, you keep learning and that's what it's all about.

11/14/2007  
Blogger Ambera said...

I think you've really captured the solidity of the ship.
Our campus is located directly on the waterfront, and an entire side of the school is nothing but a wall of windows facing the harbour. When I'm in a class on the bottom floor of the school, on occasion a giant cruise ship will be docked right outside the window, and I can't help but feel completely dwarfed. They're immense!

11/14/2007  
Blogger Liza Hirst said...

Wow, this really hit me! A wonderful painting, Cooper. I agree with everything the others have already said!

11/15/2007  
Blogger spg said...

Great job Cooper. I really like the sense of light and the balance between realistic detail and abstraction.

11/15/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thank you Rob. I know what you mean about the cars--there's almost a boyish attraction to these big toys right?

11/15/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thank you Frank. It was one of those pieces that went easy from start to finish--wish they were all like this!

11/15/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Stephen! I might have to put the kayak back in the water and wait for some ships to come in to do a series.

11/15/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Ambera. Sounds like your campus is in a beautiful, albeit urban, spot. Those cruise ships come to Portland Harbor too and they are the biggest thing in the city!

11/15/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Liza. Funny how such a subject matter like an oil tanker can really strike a chord with people. Myself included. Thank you!

11/15/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks spg. It was hard to keep it simple but too much detail would've made it muddy I think.

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Blogger Carol Nelson said...

Wonderful painting. You captured the massiveness in a 6x6! One of your best.

11/15/2007  
Blogger Gerald Schwartz said...

Cooper your knocking me out with your work... You make me have to step-up to the plate and work...

Thanks

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Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thank you Carol.

11/15/2007  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Gerald, Thanks. I'm glad I can be of some inspiration!

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