by Robert Bethune
Golden Feather is one of a fleet of 8-Meter yachts that sail and compete on Lake Erie. These are truly some of the most beautiful yachts on the Great Lakes, indeed, on any body of water anywhere in the world. Their tall lines, graceful hulls and elegant shapes, as well as the beautiful woodwork of their hulls, point back to a by-gone era of speed and beauty.
This image captures her elegance in line with quiet, understated color, and also subtly captures the handmade beauty of her wooden construction by subtly resembling a work of marquetry in some smooth, fine-grained wood. Her bow wave becomes a shapely necklace around her throat, perhaps made as an inlay of mother-of-pearl or some other soft and subtle material.
This detail shows how the image reduces to line and almost flat color, with just enough of the original texture left to imply rather than show the action of wind and water. As if the image were done in marquetry, each area of color is set off as if inlaid with a border of leading or even oakum.