Small Boat Freedom and Satisfaction. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

November 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The subject of American Masters

End of Season for the Dinghy

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End of Season for the Dinghy 20221106 850_5479End of Season for the DinghyEncountering a well-used dinghy at the late Fall end of the boating season on an afternoon in Jerusalem

There is an attraction to small boats as a subject. So many American Masters have used small boats as a subject of paintings. Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, and Mary Cassatt to name a few. Even Norman Rockwell, the epitome of American spirit, has had his photo taken next to small boats.

The question is why smaller boats capture our visual interest. I could speak of the complexity of curved lines and quality of vessel build. But my thoughts run more to the way these little boats make us feel.

How do small boats make us feel? In a word, free. They make us feel like with nothing but ourselves, some oars, and a boat we can set out on an adventure. And when the adventure comes back to shore, we have a well-earned rest. As we rest, we look at the small boat and dream of the next epic quest. And these little boats capture us in their thrall. On the Rhode Island shore, we are fortunate enough to see these adventures all around us. 



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