The Retired Fisherman

There is something very vulnerable about the thought of not being able to do what you love anymore.

For some, retirement seems like a liberation.

For others, a degradation.

For a fisherman, his work seems like such a massive part of his personality.

Someone who is proud, strong and weather-beaten, and always hard at work.

A unity that brings everyone on the boat close together, even though you might not like everyone on land.

That made me think about how it would feel to be a retired fisherman.

I’m sure a lot of them are happy to retire.

But what about the longing for the sea, and the whole lifestyle aboard the fishing boat?

It made me paint this digital panting.

I hope it speaks out some of these thoughts, and a lust to reflect on them.

And, of course, I hope you are having a great day!

20 thoughts on “The Retired Fisherman

  1. Hi,
    I’m very enamoured with the colour choices of this painting. The highlights of yellow on the water are really well done. It’s a nice visual indicator that the fisherman in his yellow clothes belongs with the sea or a part of his identity bleeds into it, like they are one and the same.

    1. Thank you so much for the very kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚

      I felt that this painting said a lot more than I usually manage to do through my paintings. In many ways it has lit a spark in me to try to take it all a bit further.

      Since I started painting Iยดve been so occupied with trying to improve my general drawing and painting skills that Iยดve focused little on the underlying message.

      I feel that it is something that has evolved over the recent year or so ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I think this is one of my favourites so far. It fits so many situations. Covid, of course, isolation, being alone. But also the feeling of trying to look into the future, what is ahead of you. Or feeling small in a big world.

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it’s one of my favourites as well, simply because it doesn’t feel defined to one simple meaning ๐Ÿ™‚

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