Merritt Island, Florida
21.000 x 14.000 inches
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Cocoa Beach Meets Ellen Marie
Painting - Watercolor On Paper
This is one of several paintings I did of this subject. Ellen Marie was a fishing boat that lost power while out at sea. It drifted onto Cocoa Beach. It couldn't quite make it to Port Canaveral. It was just a few miles away. All of the fisherman were safe. It was stranded on the sandy beach for several days.
Crowds of people walked by and looked at it with curiosity. Some didn't seem to pay much attention to it at all. A boy straightens the towel on his little sister. A man applies suntan lotion on the back of his wife near the surf. Another man strolls by carrying his sandals. A small crowd stands and looks at the beached boat.
The Cocoa Beach Pier is in the background. Some shops and restaurants are on the pier. The surf is calm. A flock of seagulls soar in the sky making a lot of noise. They are hoping for some tidbits, I think. Maybe they can find some fish aboard the boat? They did seem especially interested in it.
The American Flag waves in the breeze from the mast on the boat. An anchor hangs uselessly in the air as the boat is obviously not going anyway without assistance. Each day, the boat became ravaged by people retrieving souvenirs and by the wind, rain, and water. I think that it was there about a week before it was declared an eye-sore and a hazard. There wasn't much left of it before it was hauled away in pieces. I was saddened by the end of somebody's dream and of the boat.
July 18th, 2014
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