A few months back I visited a local pub with some of my friends (Actually, I wouldn't really call it a pub....More like a scummy dive). The place was tiny, darkly lit and looked like the inside of a 17th century ship. Dark brown and thickly lacquered wood panels on the wall being held in place by thick shipping ropes and black bolts. There were all sorts of dusty antiques and nautical devices hanging from the ceiling and every inch of the place. Rusty metal objects everywhere (Maybe I should have taken a tetanus shot before entering.) An old diving suit , fishing nets, wooden mermaid statues, old nautical paintings with overly ornate frames. There were also brass lined portholes with dirty lime green glass for windows. As I was sipping my beer I was expecting a giant tentical to come crashing through one of the portholes and snatch away one of the scruffy looking patrons sitting at the bar.
Anyhow, the style of the place and the lime green ambient lighting inspired me to create this piece. I wanted it to have an old world nautical painging style...Like something you might find hanging in a cabin of an old wooden ship. I worked on it for a while a few months back and ended up putting it on hold for a while. This weekend I managed to tighten it up a bit.