The second in an extended series of digital paintings based on small black and white sketches in an old book that is currently in the public domain. Ships and the sea - have always had tremendous symbolic meaning for me. I know I've lived before in the age of the tall ships, of daring exploration. For me there is no better analogy for my life's journey than all the joys and dangers one encounters on a sea voyage aboard a sailing ship bound for unknown worlds.
As with the Plantation/Estate series (which is certainly not complete yet) each piece in this series, which will be part of my 'Sea Stories' gallery, is done using a slightly different style or technique. I continue my journey with 'Brave New World' - ships leaving the harbor in Portsmouth bound for new colonies and warships designed to protect those.
It is not the safe harbors when we are tied up at the dock that shapes and determines our story, the log of our life's journey. Rather it is where we go between our ports of call, the risks we take, the discoveries we make when we are far out at sea, away from what is safe and known. How we brave the storms, endure the calms and doldrums, whether we trust in the stars to guide us tells us a great deal about who we are. . . Lianne Schneider . . .
'Flow with life's currents. . . Dare to ride on bold waves of change. . . out to uncharted waters . . .
For there will always be singers on the shore to welcome you back to the safe arms of Earth . . .'
A Life on the Ocean Wave
A LIFE on the ocean wave,
A home on the rolling deep,
Where the scattered waters rave,
And the winds their revels keep!
Like an eagle caged, I pine
On this dull, unchanging shore:
Oh! give me the flashing brine,
The spray and the tempest's roar!
Once more on the deck I stand
Of my own swift-gliding craft:
Set sail! farewell to the land!
The gale follows fair abaft.
We shoot through the sparkling foam
Like an ocean-bird set free; --
Like the ocean-bird, our home
We'll find far out on the sea.
The land is no longer in view,
The clouds have begun to frown;
But with a stout vessel and crew,
We'll say, Let the storm come down!
And the song of our hearts shall be,
While the winds and the waters rave,
A home on the rolling sea!
A life on the ocean wave!
Epes Sargent wrote poems about the Merchant Marine in particular. He was a minor literary figure among many greats with whom he associated, by virtue of his newspaper editing.
Brave New World MCN :: C5LJV-JJBH3-N5NLK
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June 26th, 2012
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