Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 474

Title: It was a Nantucket ship, the Bachelor, which had just wedged in her last cask of oil, and bolted down her bursting hatches; and now, in glad holiday apparel, was joyously, though somewhat vain-gloriously, sailing round among the widely-separated ships on the ground, previous to pointing her prow for home. The three men at her mast-head wore long streamers of narrow red bunting at their hats; from the stern, a whale-boat was suspended, bottom down; and hanging captive from the bowsprit was seen the long lower jaw of the last whale they had slain. Signals, ensigns, and jacks of all colors were flying from her rigging, on every side.

10.75 inches by 7.75 inches
acrylic paint, ballpoint pen, ink and marker on found paper
December 2, 2010


  1. and i love this, more line-drawing-ish.
    leaving for montana on sunday for a couple of weeks
    and a bit swamped with work and all...
    looking fwd to musing more

  2. I do so love drawing these ships, Lizzy. Sadly, I believe there are only 2 more ships left to be drawn - the Rachel and the Delight, in that order. I like to look at all the ship drawings together and imagine them as some vast and fantastical navy.

    And Montana? Wow. I hear they raise a lot of good crops of dental floss there.

    (It's a Frank Zappa reference - he has an odd but delightful song called "Montana").

  3. tee hee! i'm going to check out the zapppa song! definitely.
    ships: right up my alley, somehow, tho i thought "drawing" rather than ship. forward on with ships to come!

  4. As soon as I read the words "leaving for montana" I started singing the Zappa song!


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