Saturday, February 10, 2007

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

"Cape Lookout Lighthouse"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 2-2-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Bob for the complete series!

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This painting, "Cape Lookout Lighthouse", is my fifth and final in a series of the five most popular lighthouses of North Carolina. The North Carolina coast, especially along the Outer Banks, is aptly know as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" with its hundreds of recorded shipwrecks.

The first lighthouse was completed and lighted in 1812. It was a 96 foot high brick tower painted with red and white horizontal stripes. It proved to be too short to light the treacherous coast. The present lighthouse was completed in 1859 and is 150 feet tall. In 1873 the lighthouse was painted in its distinctive black and white diagonal checkerboard pattern. It is the only lighthouse known to have this pattern... unique because the diamond pattern indicates compass direction. When the sailors saw a black lighthouse with a white diamond pattern, that meant the ship was sailing east or west. However, when the sailors saw a white lighthouse with a black diamond, that meant the ship was sailing south or north. It's the only NC lighthouse that operates during the day and can be seen 12 miles out to sea. It si my favorite of all our beautiful lighthouses here in North Carolina... enjoy!

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