Canted Cribbing

#1 Original watercolor, $2700 by Peter Ferber 20×14”  image size, 29×22.5″ framed size

This is available for purchase now at         The Art Place, 9 N. Main Street, Wolfeboro. It is part of the 2021 February Gallery show.

Always love an old boathouse.  Whether simple and basic, or more decorative and fancy, their years exposed to the elements at the water’s edge give them all a certain character.  This one is a common single-slip structure, but with some subtle refinement in the flared roof and eave returns on the front gable, as well as the double windows and shutters.  No matter how they’re dressed above, most have the rough timber rock cribbing holding them up.  And all are equally subject to the will of the ice.  I was amused at the pushed up corner and tilted posts against the neatly painted façade.  Visually, I was struck by these white walls and bleached-out roof shingles contrasted with the black window sashes and shutters, and the dark wood of the dock.  So I decided to keep the background light and let it interplay with the light color of the building, then focusing it with those darker elements and the details which bring in some color.  In keeping with the white theme, I added the overturned rowboat and a little early sixties three-horse Johnson motor. – Peter Ferber