O Captain! My Captain!

Dear friends,
Years ago, the giant husband worked for a large wholesale plant distributor. Every summer his company held a barbecue on Calf Island, Long Island Sound in Connecticut. As you are aware, a boat is often required when crossing water. It was during one of these barbecue voyages, I met the most ‘Captainish’ looking Captain I ever laid eyes on. His vessel pulled up to the dock and we party-goers hopped aboard. I asked if he wouldn’t mind my taking his picture. I had to paint this introspective face. His ocean eyes twinkled bright beneath his devil-may-care thick brows, his great silver beard shone white in the sun, and his old sea-dog straw hat reflected the brilliant yellow of his fisherman’s slicker-

The Captain/acrylic

The Captain/acrylic

“O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring…”
Walt Whitman penned, “O Captain, my Captain,” a somber yet beautiful poem in homage to Abraham Lincoln. I too admire Abraham Lincoln. Whenever I create a Lincoln portrait, I dress his figure in present-day attire. This makes me feel a bit more connected to Mr. Lincoln-

lincoln full I created this computer image with Adobe Illustrator. Again this was one of my earlier computer efforts so I used the mouse, good old-fashioned hand-eye coordination and a lot of patience…

lincoln closeAfter that barbecue, I never saw the Captain again. I have his stoic, sea-worn painted face to remember him by. As for Abraham Lincoln, I think of him often and wonder what we would have chatted about over tea…


4 thoughts on “O Captain! My Captain!

  1. Your talent is amazing! I so wish the Captain could see his portrait. It is wonderful. As for Abe Lincoln…I wonder that same thing, too!


    • Oh, thank you very much. I often feel it is not – there is so much room for improvement.
      The Captain was quite the character! But, I try to keep my posts short so I didn’t elaborate on his quirky personality 🙂 As for Lincoln – I love him and wish I could have known the man.
      Have a glorious day, Skye 🙂


  2. I really like these images, AnnMarie. Amazing talent! You’ve definitely captured the soul of the captain, and your Abe Lincoln looks like a modern man, which is really cool and unique!


    • Thank you very much. I have other portraits of Lincoln – which went horribly wrong – I was experimenting with metallic paints and I turned him into the Lucky Charm leprechaun. I hope to do a new portrait this summer sans the metallics!
      as always thank you ever so much for reading 🙂
      Have a terrific day!


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