Night out essays
A peaceful blue sky creates a wonderful background for a painting by Norman Rockwell. Outward-bound takes place in Maine on a chilly spring morning. Huge white clouds as large as counties fill the sky. Three seagulls circle the sky with wings spread far apart gliding effortlessly through the air. As if the wind is blowing in circles easing their flight.
In the distance a large fishing boat with huge sails sets out to sea. The sea looks to be green and blue textured for a calming effect. Two other great masts rise above the land. One is yellow and twice as tall as a one and half story house. The other is red and taller than a large church. Houses and boats line the shore. The houses appear to be old and run down. All of what is left of an old, once prosperous fishing village. Old shingles are curling up on the edges from years of storms, hot sun and harsh winter winds. Paint is peeling off the old house and others show spots and missing paint. A sign of old age and minimum upkeep. The owners are either poor or to busy working day and night on fishing boats. On the right sits a tired old church with weather beaten wooden doors.
In the foreground there are large flat rocks, protruding through the ground like stepping stones. Around the rocks are small dandelions mixed with grass in the sparse soil. On the largest rock in the center of the painting is a little dog. The dog has black ears. A large black mark on his rear and a collar around his neck. He seems to be staring out at the boat that has left the mainland.
Next to the dog on the right is a small boy. His short blond hair looks as if he has not washed it leaving a dingy brown tint. He wears a blue sailor uniform. He is standing on the rock watching longingly as the ship returns to the sea. As if he has family on the ship. In his hands behind his back is his blue sailor cap. On his shoulder is his grandfather'shand telling the boy all will be fine.