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  • Inspired by the work of the great 19th century American painter, Fitz Hugh Lane, especially those paintings that so pointedly refer to the end of the age of sail, I thought I would try to juxtapose some locally obvious symbols of the past, the present and the future within one image.

    While his visual narrative is wonderfully dramatized, he nevertheless makes an accurate and telling case for the fast approaching demise of the great era of sail and the advent of a game-changing new technology, steam power.

    I perceive a palpable nostalgia present in these paintings; after all, Lane had painted sailing vessels for most of his life, indeed, his marine work really defined him.

    In any event, I had Lane very much in mind in creating this amalgam of different eras. Thanks to the Penobscot Bay Pilots I knew when one of the larger ships was coming up the bay and that was that.

    I like that the island (Past) is in shadow, but wish that the wind direction had been such that the turbine blades (Future) were more fully facing me. I don’t like that the stern of the ship (Present) is just barely cut off, so I don’t consider this a perfect image by any means, but think of it instead as a “sketch,” or pre-study, for another attempt.

    When and if I make a better version I will share it with you.

    In the meantime, here's to those working to make a better future for all of us.

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