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Her Face Launched A Thousand Ships, oil on canvas, 9"x12". Sold.
The other day I was trying to figure out where my nautical love comes from. Certainly it's not from my surroundings as I live inland, really far inland and whenever I've been on a boat I've tossed my cookies. No sea legs on this girl. Then it occurred to me that it likely had something to do with my childhood. In our local mall there was a giant pirate ship that was a 'play place' for mothers to put their children while they shopped. I'm sure it was supervised on some level but not particularly well. The ship was big and seemed pretty realistic inside (at least to a kid). It had many rooms and many places for children to get lost or hurt. I seem to recall several kids getting their heads stuck in bannisters and shrieking endlessly. It also had a strange smell and was probably never cleaned which perhaps was a good thing as it built up the immune system which could be why to this day I never really get a cold. But aside from the wailing and the bad smell, I loved the ship. It was the kind of place where your imagination could really run free even if it was a safety hazard. Those were the days.
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