The Guardian
The Guardian
Watercolor
Lane Landry

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I painted this from an incredible photo a friend took and was kind enough to share with me. Apparently what appealed to him most about the scene was the intense glow of the light illuminating the scene through the very thick fog. What intrigued me the most was the juxtaposition of dark and light emerging from the otherwise formless grayness, the beauty of the sweeping net, the bright popping buoys and men hard at work on the Guardian. There is a deep feeling of peaceful yet purposeful activity about the scene.

By the way, the skiff behind the purse seiner is the same one in the painting titled "The Skiff". For those of you who aren't familiar with the term "purse seiner" (I wasn't either) it refers to a type of fishing boat that catches primarily salmon and herring by encircling them with a long net and then drawing (pursing) the bottom closed to capture the fish. The net is first stacked on the stern of the boat and then payed into the water while the boat travels in a large circle around the fish. The far end of the net is attached to a skiff which helps by holding the net in place while the seiner completes the circle. The top of the net is supported by hundreds of buoys that you can see from the surface while the lead line on the bottom of the net causes it to quickly sink vertically like an underwater drape. When the circle is complete, the purse line is then pulled in using a hydraulic winch. Modest hauls of fish are loaded directly into the vessel's hold, but very large catches may be purchased on the spot and pumped directly onto a Tender - a boat that buys other boats' catches and hauls them to market.