Description 2010 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved_______________________________________________There are myriad reasons why anyone from our time - being of sound mind and body and in full possession of his or her faculties - would never want to sign on as a sailor on a 19th-century (or earlier) ship. One of the big drawbacks was the food._______________________________________________Shown here are small containers of the type of non-perishable staples that most ships back in those days carried. There is a small vial of molasses, jars of flour and other grains, and the inevitable bane of both land and sea, hardtack. The price list per pound for these goods was always kept on the counter so that the sailors charged with purchasing provisions could calculate how much they needed vis-a-vis how much they could afford._______________________________________________Non-perishable they may have been, but after a few weeks there inevitably were bugs and meal worms in the grains. Even the hardtack and dried peas were not immune to the depredations of insects._______________________________________________Although ships also carried brined and salted beef, pickled eggs and other preserved goods, on a long voyage - say, from New Bedford to the whaling waters of the Pacific - even these items reached a state of inedibility. The potatoes and fruits eventually rotted, and if all these things were not enough, ships' cooks were often elderly seamen, unable to do the hard work aboveboard, who were also alcoholics. Arrrgggh, matey!_______________________________________________Digital oil painting from an original photograph shot in the 19th-century general store at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut in August 2009.
RC DeWinter, Fairfield, CT Member Since December 2008 Artist StatementHello and welcome to my portfolio on Imagekind. Here's a bit about me:
RC deWinter is a Connecticut writer/digital artist whose artwork has been published in many print and online journals, including, among others, The American Muse, Fine Art Photography, Poetry Nook, 2River View, Pink Panther, Official Feature Online Entertainment Magazine, Garden Tripod and also used as set décor on ABC-TV’s “Desperate Housewives." In 2013 Ms. deWinter she was one of six finalists for a Shorty Award, the national social media awards, in art. Ms. deWinter is honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut. Her 4-week solo exhibition was an unqualified success. Her poetry publication credits include The New York Times, Uno: A Poetry Anthology, 2River View, Another Sun, Pink Panther Magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, Plum Ruby Review, Poetry Life and Times and numerous other print/online publications. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.