This is sort of a compilation of a few of Ed’s “greatest hits” and has cousins in the other three skinny sizes, prints that we refer to as “Winter-Harbor-Top skinnies” in regular, medium, large and XL. The paintings stacked vertically begin at the top with The Harbor in Winter, a painting of Gig Harbor begun in 1989 and not yet quite finished in 2022. Below that is Whales Starboard, a painting of an Orca pod with a newborn calf passing in front of a ferry and some unspecified island in the San Juan Archipelago. Whales Starboard was begun in 2015 and work continues, although it may be nearing a final finish. This is intended to represent the Southern Resident Orcas and is a hopeful optimistic painting in that regard. The third painting is “Winter Respite,” AKA Last Tango in Poulsbo, begun in 2013 with work continuing. A squadron of Barrow’s Goldeneye is ‘resting’ for the winter at Liberty Bay. The Olympics are making a very rare appearance above the line of hills (In real life they are not visible from this location) and some boats are lined up along a pier, including the Tango. The fourth painting is Tulips in the Skagit. Tulips was begun in the 80’s, I believe, and work continues. The fifth painting is Snoqualmie Falls. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee, a Northwest specialty bird of sorts, common in lowland Westside Fir forests, is gracing an Autum Vine Maple branch above the punch bowl. The anchor painting is “Pike Place Market,” the view of the sign, Rachel and the Fish Stand that have together become the heart of the Pike Place Market, which is gaining recognition as a “must-see” for tourists making the trip to Seattle to take in the World-Famous Gum Wall.
. (In real life, you simply can’t see the Olympics from this spot). The thirdboating, the painting that adorns the sign over the Ed Newbold store in the Economy Arcade. There’s supposed to be a pun there, and some boaters will swear they were lucky to be blessed with a “show.” The background is imagined, although the small island is based on a similar one on the East side of Orcas Island. I am delighted with how the inks set on this print.
This print was published on September 16, 2022. Image size is 10 x 34; trim size 12 x 36″ Hand-signed and hand-titled by Ed.