by Robert Bethune
Skeeters are the biggest class of iceboat commonly raced in the Great Lakes area. They are fast - well over 100 miles per hour - and they are not easy to control, even more so than the Renegades. They sound like locomotives as the round the mark, the ice flies from the runners the way metal flies from a cutting machine.
This race was late in the day, and the grays of winter were starting to make the whole lake look even colder than it really was, which was cold enough! For me, visually, everything started to soften and blend, and the power of the big boats seemed to soften along with it.
This detail shows how the image is composed of softened, rounded, abstracted forms based on the original shapes in the photograph, but smoothed and blended into areas of muted shape and color.
Freshwater Seas Prints
Freshwater Seas Home