The Only Survivor

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Who knows how many souls were lost when this ship went down in the gales of September. Its bones were unearthed on the Outer Banks by another storm many years later. Now it lies in the sand as children and adults look in awe at this piece of the past that has lasted all these years.

Ship bones lie in sand

Hollow ribs without life’s breath

Full Moon still around

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I decided to do an oil painting for a change. I had an old black and white photo I took of a shipwreck in the dunes near Nags Head, NC. I added the oversized full moon for effect. It turned out to be a hauntingly fascinating painting. The top sketch is my original acrylic sketch in black on a white canvas. I covered the canvas with linseed oil and began adding the oils.

Nags Head Shipwreck 001

Below is the final result:

Nags Head Shipwreck - oil painting

Painting and Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

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