Life Preserver

Lisa David Life Preserver
Life Preserver, 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board

There was no avoiding it. At some point during the summer, you would be tied into an orange life preserver. If you were lucky, it had dried from the previous wearing. You would put your arms out wide while your parent would strap you in and make it as tight as they could. Then, with your chin to the sky, they would tie it around your neck. It may have saved you from drowning, but I always felt suffocated! And the smell! They always had an aroma of sweat, Coppertone and mildew. But I’d give anything to smell that again!

PS. I was on a quest to find a life jacket for this painting. I did find one on eBay in it’s original wrapper, from Sunny’s Surplus from 1960 for $2.99. Hanging with honor in my camp!

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    • Thanks, Peter! I really enjoyed painting this- and am *trying* to follow your advice of being bold and confident! I have you to thank for all these paintings and appreciate ANY feedback:)!

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  1. Lee you nailed this one in both print and paint! YES–we were lucky if it was dry after the last wearing–but so many times it was not! The painting is wonderful–summertime afternoon shadows, the perfect shade of orange, the straps, and that hook…! Thanks for the memories!

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