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30in. high X 40in. wide, (76cm. X 102cm.) Acrylic on stretched Linen

This is a commissioned "re-painting" of an older painting, (also here on DA, [link]

I was very happy to accept this commission because this painting has a lot of personal meaning for me.

I want to walk into this picture and disappear. I wish to leave the absurd trials and tribulations of men behind, and become part of my painted world. A more interesting and mysterious world where fish rise up above the water to stare at men. Where fish can fly like birds, and translucent creatures swim across the starry night sky shimmering in moon light.

Many years ago, when I was a young boy, my father would wake me before dawn to go fishing in the Ocean. We would drive through the foggy San Francisco streets to "Muni Pier" , buy bait wrapped in yesterdays newspaper, and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. There my father had moored an old 26 foot inboard with a cabin. To my young eyes a Ship! As the first false dawn light began to color the world, we would board with our gear. Trembling with the morning chill, breathing out hot steam into the cold, he'd start the engine. The smell of gasoline, bait and salt water is a heavenly memory.

We made slowly out the jetty and into the San Francisco Bay to cross the "Potato Patch". This is an area of rough water under the Golden Gate bridge where many a small boat has gone down in a sudden storm. Past this fearful patch of rough water lay the beautiful blue waters off Marin County, California. We would skirt the shore, find a still cove and drop anchor. These coves were always surrounded by high cliffs with wild trees overhanging the edges. The Cliffs were natural wind breaks. The water was blue black with its depth, and still as a mirror. The smell there was pine forest mixed with salt water, morning sun, exhaust fumes and dead fish. When I die, if I smell this, I will know there is a heaven after all.

My excitement to begin was so extreme that my fingers would tremble while I set my hooks and sinkers. My father and I would sit side by side in lawn chairs as the boat gently swayed in the calm morning water. The fog would clear in spots and open holes in the sky. Through these openings rays of white orange sunlight would appear. Someone called these "The Fingers of God".

And what fish we caught! I never knew what monstrous beauty I might pull from those waters! Creatures from science fiction! Things that I was sure no one had ever seen before! Huge green purple kelp fish with bulging eyes and fins that looked more like seaweed than fish fins, mottled with countless of hues of blues, greens and violets and blacks. They were covered with tiny slithering worms and tiny jittering crustacean fleas. Amazing things that I would stare at with the wide eyed wonder of a seven year old boy.

There were Leopard Sharks with beautiful black spots. Fish that looked like futuristic cylindrical space ships, Crabs, giant jellyfish, White sharks as big as our boat! (Very scary!) and so many more! The sea's imagination knows no bounds!

The fish my father wanted were the Salmon and Stripped Bass. He once caught a 50 pound Salmon off the Gate! There were big Bat Rays that might take 3 hours for my father to land. He would never know what they were until it surfaced. He always thought he might have a huge salmon, and would curse in rage when it was only a "F-ING RAY" that he had sweated hours to bring to the surface!

My favorite times were slow and silent. When our lines made the only ripple upon the water. The only sound was the soft lapping of the dark water against our boat, the sound of gulls, and my fathers breathing. I would try to match my breaths to my fathers as we sat in silence. I was a miniature version of him, looking into the dark waters thinking our thoughts. I wonder now what he was thinking. I wanted to be him. He was perfection. It was the perfect harmony of a father and son. It's a precious jewel of a memory.

In my painting are remembrances of the rocky cliffs and the calm waters of these pristine California coves. I wonder if they are still there as they were way back then? (Circa 1958) I wonder?

12/15/11: If you'd like to see a larger (2000 x 1500) downloadable Image, here's a link: [link]
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Given 2012-05-16
Rebella25 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
The Most Amazing piece I have ever seen in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 No Joke!!!!!!!!!!!!
aweldeng Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
great art!!!
CinnamonSwirls Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I love this so much and your story is so beautiful to go along with it. Everything about this painting is just wonderful!
MaxVisser87 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You make such great fantasy scenes filled with so many details!
TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
*chokes on own adoration and falls backwards off chair*

gunneson88 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Kimicolour Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
The details are amazing! The flying fish are so beautiful Heart 
mistersingh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Brilliant work:)
Congrats for the DD:)
dillonpringle Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't even know what to say
Xanadu7 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely stunning. Like I took a hit of DMT and entered lala land. I love your description too, your passionate anecdote added so much to my enjoyment of this piece.
KKylimos Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Digital Artist
one of the most inspiring pieces iv seen this year
agipan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
antonius-bloc Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wooooooooowwww, I want to live here.
gibsart Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Mind blowing work, I love the story too,beautifully related and very evocative.
JJRebel11 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Dig it!
J06A22E97 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Artist
duude this is soo cool!
madforstereo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hi Robert,

Thank you so much for your permission to let me convert this awesome work into 3D. I really hope you enjoy it and not get lost too much ;)
If you have your anaglyph glasses, look here: [link]

Kind regards, Ferry
Oscarliima Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His art and traveling.
ValliantEffort Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Mere words can't express the epic awesomeness of this work! :)
PopCornSalt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an incredible improvement! :O
PornuriMajid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SnappyIrides Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Have you every thought about getting into writing as well as art? Because you're good at it!! :)
shazam26 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A moving story, astonishing detail, and just an awe inspiring visual.
I want to walk out of the realm of man into your artwork, too!

Thanks for sharing with us; not just that rare gem of talent, but also the very human glimpse of yourself. :)
JuFro743 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Dat shi' cra' cra'
WolvesRokHard2 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. For me, this right here, is exactly what art is about.
JennyDavis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
This is fantastic! I am at a loss for words.
SuperChicGeek Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, there is so much going on in this piece.
I could write a novel about it!
I could look at it all day!
Fabulous job!
toocansammy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
You can look at this picture over and over again, yet every time find something new. I love pictures like that.

I honestly can't decide if I enjoy this picture the best or your previous one! There's so many different aspects to both of them that I like.
Rickzor1983 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is the best and most favoured favourite i have :nod: !!! this is beyond epic!
Forsaken-Blue Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
This is incredible! There are so many details you don't know where to look first. This speaks of stories that viewers can only guess at, and you can tell it means very much to you. Congratulations on the DD, you deserve it very much!
Roger-Rabit Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Interface Designer

I love the story behind it even more. Reminded me of going fishing with my dad and how much I love I have for those moments.
Myronavitch Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I'm overwhelmed with delight viewing this marvelous work.
Dasbaer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
beautiful. thanks for sharing this & the story that goes with it!
Valentin66676 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
CHILI123 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
This reminds me of a dream
teardownthefence Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful.
Miss-Mog Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
PekoeBlaze Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really wonderful :) I love all of the details and the whole atmosphere of this painting.

It also kind of vaguely reminds me of both Clive Barker's "Abarat" books and early/mid-1980s Iron Maiden album covers too. Which is always a brilliant thing :)
friedinsanity Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Beautifully weird and wonderful..
TheCatsOfUlthar Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Slowly, the night is charged by the citylight.
The starbuttons flicker
and on the moonscreen the first pictures can be seen.
Oh, I am lulled as on a steamcoaster,
a heavy locomotive through the darkness,
flying high in the nightmachine.
The clouds of dreamsteam
wisper white to the earth.
The nightmachine works and absorbs the souls of the people.
The darkness is filled with a dense humming of energy ...

This is my shot at a translation of the first stanza of the poem "Natmaskinen" ("The nightmachine")
by the danish poet Michael Strunge.
(Ironically, the poem doesn't rhyme at all in danish).

Absolutely amazing work! (The painting, ofc)
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This looks incredible~!!
meXmushrooms Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
this is so gorgeous. the type of art that i absolutely adore is one that creates a whole new world like this <3 i think that even if i looked at this every day, id still find something new to stare at. thank you so much for creating this. i love it!
CrazyHatsRule Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely amazing.
zeitschiff Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Amazing work.
AceOfClubs Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my god, the details, the tentacles, the creepiness......its a dark dream come true.
kida2323 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. :) I felt like I dropped into a different, more interesting world for a second... *dreamy* Thank you for bothering to paint it for us. :)
If-not-for-Gravity Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome divination of mind, love the details
TheSoup1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your work. I will be watching!
coruskating Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
'The sea's imagination knows no bounds!'... --how wonderfully accurate and pithy. Rarely, if ever, have I enjoyed a narrative to a piece of art as much as just now, having read through this your youth's unique encapsulation, eloquently presented, inviting, hues and aspects of individual experience resonant...

It is with narratives such as this that one feels, as a member of a Borg collective, enriched with another's experience, having refracted it through one's own spectrum of partialities, one's real, remembered, augmented and entirely speculative imaginative traverses of the mind. I liked the art, but with but five paragraphs it became far More, an art world, a planet of Exupery-like wanderings and musings of a little prince. Thank you for sharing and enriching us with your sacred childhood impressions of fishing in the pristine California coves, which, we all hope, shall largely remain free of excesses of dredging, oil and gasoline... In the world where by far the greater majority of artists are nearly illiterate and deficient of all finesse of verbal communication, where not only coherent subjective meaning or any focused purposefulness are absent in spur of the moment gestalt abstractions peddled for 'genuine and somehow profound art', it is a pleasure to partake of a mind less fragmented, more sane, self examining, unbound and creative, on the one hand, and content with dwelling in it's subjectively construed web of associative sensibilities, on the other.

Live long and prosper...
Kharemi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Exatcly same words that ~happysmileygal said .. :wow:
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