I have been obsessed with the paintings of Winslow Homer for most of my life, and I’ve met my share of mariners who feel the same way. My favorite work of his is The Fog Warning. It hangs in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and I try and visit this old friend at least once a year.
To me The Fog Warning celebrates the drama and passion of a life at sea. Our lone fisherman, his dory full of a halibut, looks towards his mother ship as a heavy fog quickly rolls in over Newfoundland’s Grand Banks. In a short while he could lose sight of his ride, and find himself stranded some four hundred miles from home.
But our mariner shows no fear or concern. He does what men at sea have always done – row like hell through whatever the seas throw at them. His quiet, unassuming bravery has long been my inspiration, and now its message informs this blog.
If you would like to learn more about Winslow Homer and The Fog Warning, enjoy the four minute video to the right.
Editor’s Note: Google Analytics – the final arbiter of digital success or failure – tells me each year which elements of The Fog Warning Website, Blog and Podcast are the most popular.
And among all the informative pages, the stunning yacht photos, the exciting videos, and the interesting podcasts that populate this site, this particular page
– Our Inspiration –
is always the most viewed among our 10,000 annual readers.
Thanks for your vote. You’ve certainly got mine!