Bygone Rockers

Original watercolor by Peter Ferber


20 3/8 x 13 7/8 inches, 28 5/8 x 23 1/8 framed size

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“The subject here is the Long Island Inn, located on Long Island in Moultonborough.  Established in 1874, it has a long history on the lake which I won’t go into here, but it is still operated today by the same family.  It has certainly not kept up with the times, and that’s a good thing here, as far as I’m concerned.  You literally feel transported to another era when you’re there.  And for me, I have to say it has a haunting quality about it.  I took a lot of pictures of it years back, and haven’t done anything from them, thinking that I might want to build a whole show around it–it had that much of an effect on me, and there were lots of possible images to work with.  But that idea hasn’t proved workable, so I thought I’d get started with this one.  I’ve rendered the porch and rockers just as they are.  I wonder how long those chair have been there.  I love the patina of the weathered siding, and the reflections in the windows.  What I did change, was to create a background view, suggesting how it might have appeared in earlier times, when there were open fields surrounding it, probably providing much of the food for the guests.  In any case, I’m grateful such relics of the past still survive as a curiosity, or an inspiration.” – Peter Ferber