...with apologies to Miro! I took my Seagull painting and a couple of other watercolours - spring sketches done in my garden - to the Watercolour Society yesterday to submit for a "New Signatures' exhibition. I've put off getting more involved in the WSSA for so long, and though I wasn't too confident about my paintings, I thought I'd Just Do It instead of procrastinating for another month/year/decade. I overheard two members there puzzling over the painting..."What is it?"... "a banana?"..."I don't know..." And when my son asked which paintings I'd taken, I told him and he said, "Oh, ja, the Seagull and the Banana"! :oD Then my sister Gillian asked in the comments what is a bollard, she's never heard of it, I thought I'd better explain a few things!
At Kalk Bay harbour I was talking to my husband about 'those yellow things', and he informed me they were called Bollards, which according to the dictionary is a 'short thick post to which a ship's mooring-rope may be tied' (my husband knows everything!)
I was seeing the shapes as a sort of abstract design - crescent moon (I didn't see a banana!), heart and bird-shadow, and in a realistic painting I probably should have described the bollard better - painted round the ellipse at the base instead of blending it into its shadow, or else done it whole-heartedly as an abstract - even my 'Miro' version could get a lot more abstract.
I'm kind of expecting to have to collect my Seagull from the WSSA after selection day, probably with a kind but baffled comment about the Yellow Thing hovering above the gull...