The Old Man and the Sea - Tapestry RemakeSaturday, April 20, 2013
If you've met my Dad, you would swear these old fisherman paintings are all of him, from the sun reddened cheeks to the blue eyes*.
When I saw this forlorn tapestry at the back of local bazaar,** I knew exactly where it needed to go. I asked Mum for some off-cuts from a recently upholstered chair. She was little confused when I promised to give them back. I did give them back, eventually, just in a slightly different form. The cushion now takes pride of place at my parents home by the beach.
This image has been a part of my family for a long time. Nana used to have a faded re-production print of it in her lounge. She swore it was really a painting of a distant relative. There might have been some truth in it but I never could get to the bottom of it. I tried goggle searching the image but coudn't come up with any original. It seams the old fisherman is has become folklore. These little fisher-babys, on the other hand, certainly look like something I might be related to.
**Come to think of it, Graham, the Bazaar shop keeper would make a great fisherman too.