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 Neil Borrell 

New York, NY
United States

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Antique Shop, Wellfleet
Artwork-ID: 32-6199

Antique Shop, Wellfleet

Antique Shop, Wellfleet 1991

Even though the sign says antiques the structure was no longer an antique shop. When we rented here this shed was being used to house baby chicks. The apartment we were in was in the “new” wing, having been built a few years after the other wing in the 1800’s. We were told that the house had belonged to a ship’s captain at a time when the water came up to the bottom of the hill behind the house. Prior to raising chickens the owner had tried selling antiques and then vegetables. There was still a small corner of the field at the bottom of the hill that had a few unpicked berries, beans and potatoes and the owner told us that we were welcome to harvest anything that we wanted to. That was all Adam had to hear. He spent hours rooting around in the dirt with his hands until he would finally come back up to the house with a handful of his harvest.

I was very interested in framing this drawing with trees but I still don’t know if I’m happy with the effect of the leaves at the top. I like the rest of the drawing, though.

The previous summer we had rented a place that was a half hour walk from town and we had promised our daughter, Amy, that we would actually rent a place in town and this was it. This might have been on the water when the ships’ captain lived there but it was far away from it when we were in residence. It was a furiously hot couple of weeks with almost no breeze and it wasn’t until almost our last night here that I discovered a fan in the back of a closet. When I sheepishly plugged it in it turned out to be so noisy that we didn’t use it.

Artwork and Images Copyright 1991 Neil Borrell - All Rights Reserved

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