Little Boat of Hope

surreal painting by south african artist pieter van tonder titled 'little boat of hope'

Size: 48 x 60cm | Oil on canvas

Throughout the early years of my wandering as an artist, when I did a lot of work in pencil and ink, a little rowboat like this often featured. It was never the main object. Always just a subtle presence.

It also used to feature in my dreams all the time, but in recent years it disappeared. I always saw the little boat as a medium, a vessel built for the purpose of transporting something from solid ground to solid ground.

In my life the little boat oftentimes signaled a big change, decision, a bit of wisdom or insight that came to me over the waters.

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