The Powder Monkey Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Powder Monkey Original Mixed Media Painting

450.00

6x24 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on stained maple panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features a powder monkey. Powder monkeys were young seamen (typically 12-14 years old) who were in charge of ferrying gunpowder to the ship’s large artillery guns during battle. Their short stature and agility allowed them to be sheltered from the enemy ship’s sharp shooters by the gunwale while carrying the heavy cartridges to the cannons. Nowadays, elevators are the primary means to move ammunition about warships.

The Powder Monkey II was created using subdued tones of acrylic and watercolor paint. Overall, it has the feel of a vintage photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed characters were crafted using watercolor paper and pasted on the wood panel. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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