Low Tide

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Painting by Kris Lewis | Found by Heartkore 

I usually wait a year or more before I re-post something but I had to bring this one back after just 6 months for two reasons: 1. I wanted to add the music and 2. it’s just too cute how the painting resembles Felix below… the lips, the eyes, the (feigned?) innocence :3


32 thoughts on “Low Tide”

  1. Good to see a painting rather than a photo for a change; I am a bit worried about that long pole he is holding ….. I suppose artists are allowed to get away with that.

      1. And very cute too. He looked (in “Master & Commander“) a lot like a young “Doogie Howser” (Neil Patrick Harris).

  2. if i made a sketch for you josh would you post it up? and yes i am an excellent artist. not just that manga bs. haha
    love the painting

  3. Very nice! It has that American Primitive feel to it, and is at the same time very subtle. I love it. Ill have to look this artist up.

  4. This is a very nice painting. I really would like to have it on my wall even it is kinda scary.

  5. That painting makes me think of a poem a friend used to say a long time ago. It began “Columbus had a cabin boy he loved him like a brother …..”

  6. Beautiful painting. I think I can relate to the artist. This had to be a labor of love. Many erotic symbols here.

    1. Because “Low Tide” is the original title of the painting and who am I to tell the artist how to name his work? ^^

  7. I enjoyed the music and the repost. I have always adored this painting and would like to view it some day. The picture of the boy does resemble the painting. I am seriously considering retirement somewhere in Scandinavia.

  8. There are three things which make this life a little bit more endurable – sea, north and cute boys.
    Thanks a lot.

  9. Eiswand!

    A thousand for the picture; and who knows what for imagery. As if there ever could be a number that high. (words.)

  10. both cute, but I don’t see the similarities beyond the blond hair and the wool hats. sorry.

  11. Yeah, but an unbelievable world of difference between them and their lives…from one absolutely being thrown out into an exceedingly dangerous and yet richly adventurous life, being forced into a maturity that even most modern western adults haven’t achieved, versus, well, let’s be kind and politely say “the opposite”. This painting is so well done and so evocative. The ocean is so powerfully presented and I am assuming that this is a relatively calm day and yet the surge and the suction is so obvious along with the ever-present fact that one could be pulled down into a horrendous death, and here the iceberg shows that the water is so cold that without a flotation device, one would hardly last more than a few minutes if fallen overboard (the blood rushes to the body’s core to protect the crucial inner organs from hypothermia and so the limbs are weakened and paralyzed and therefore you can’t swim) and yet this boy is surrounded by this for years at a time with no escape and with no safe and private haven aboard, either. His expression shows that he knows far more than a person his age should me made to know, and far more than we would like to even imagine. Thank you for posting this extremely powerful testament to the depths of human strength and force of character in one so young and who, in other times and circumstances, would be so innocent.

    1. Don’t assume all boys on sailing ships of past centuries were there because they were “thrown” there. Many volunteered. A good example is Thomas Pellow, who went to sea at age 11 because his parents finally gave in to his incessant demands that he should be allowed to do so. His parents had never thought it a good idea at all.

      1. I don’t make assumptions. Of course many craved to go to sea and many turned it into something quite good…such as David Farragut who went to sea as a child (a midshipman at the age of 9) and became an Admiral. But let’s not forget the possibility of floggings, scurvy, drownings, rapes, and being trapped working under the absolute rule of an autocrat who was sometimes not only sadistic, but insane. Because someone can volunteer for something doesn’t mean that it is good or the experience turns out being what they had hoped it would be. You could ask some Vietnam vets about that, or, if you like, some current-day Iraq or Afghanistan war veterans, none of whom were actually CHILDREN when they made the choice to enlist. I can for sure see why a parent wouldn’t want their child to do this.

        I see this boy in this painting with his jaunty wool hat and his very handsome and adult wool coat and two lines of brass buttons, but then I look behind him at the churning sea and that iceberg and I think to myself, “Oh boy, there are things going on here that I don’t really like very much.” His face seems to say that he knows some things that maybe he might have felt better off not knowing, at least not yet.

      2. But you also need to accept the fact that the youngest of any crew had to earn their keep also. Females on board any ship (during the time period of that painting and before) was next to unheard of if not downright impossible — they were only available during a port stop. I’m quite sure that the youngest ones (as young as 10 or 9 is not unheard of) were picked specifically for the enjoyment of the crew and the boys knew of their purpose. If they could sing decently or otherwise provide some social entertainment, all the better. And most boys and young teens were fairly well taken care of (as best their limited education could bestow) so that all that who needed ‘their services’ were also taken care of — and I’m pretty sure all of you understand what that would be.

  12. 1. The music sounds to me more like some whales trying to sneak into a concert music hall.

    The top painting reminds me more of the album cover of Procol Harum: A Salty Dog. Not “literally,” it just invokes that feeling — as well as the feeling of their best song: A Whiter Shade Of Pale.

  13. There is no great evidence that cabin boys of antiquity were misused as some comments here allude. Quite the contrarary. Sailors of the time (except that the little sailor-boy in the evocative painting wears a modern knitted wooly cap) were God-fearing, superstitious, suspicious and all too aware of the hand of God or the devil on their shoulder for any grievous wrongdoing. Cabin boys, as I understand, were often feral children taken under the wing of those that provided for them as foster parents. Cabin boys have to have provided a symbolic token of innocence on board an ocean going vessel. A vessel always in potential peril in war or peace. His token of blithe run-a-round abandon ministering to the lofty captain of the ship no doubt saw his status pretty much above the ordinary sailor. He would have been ‘untouchable’ in so many ways. You do NOT defile the totem of a vessel which, like a mascot, is there to bring good fortune to a voyage all are engaged in seeing through as a tight knit cohesive masterful group.

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