Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria by Kate Eller

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Acrylic on canvas.

Paintings done for a university press for a series of chapter paintings used in a school history textbook printed there.

Of course, most people know that these are the three ships which sailed the Atlantic in 1492 to The New World …….some say the most important voyage in history. Christopher Columbus sailed in the lead ship, the three masted Santa Maria, which was probably between ninety and one hundred feet long and close to thirty feet wide. Two smaller ships, Nina and Pinta also made the journey. The Santa Maria wrecked while in the New World, so Columbus returned to Spain in the Nina.

This was an enjoyable project for me. I learned so much from the researchers whom I worked with. Authenticity was one of the most important requirements.


sea, history, america, spanish, ship, nautical, discovery, armada


  • berndt2
    berndt2almost 6 years ago

    great work!

  • Thanks so much Berndt2.

    – Kate Eller

  • Carlos Teófilo
    Carlos Teófiloalmost 6 years ago

    This is perfect.

  • Thank you very much Carlos.

    – Kate Eller

  • MaiaRamish
    MaiaRamishalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful painting

  • Thank you for your nice comment Maia.

    – Kate Eller

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    Beautiful detail on sea waves, and the famous Santa Maria.
    Straight to faves.
    What a superb nautical painting!

  • Thank you Colin. I always appreciate your comments very much

    – Kate Eller

  • Sandy Sparks
    Sandy Sparksover 5 years ago

    Just want to say thank you for a beautiful image depicting our history!!!!!!!!!1
    You are truly blessed . And our children will be blessed with your artwork in years to come.
    Congratulations and God Bless.

  • What a very lovely comment Sandy. You are so kind. I love our history…and love painting it. Just wish I had more time to do it.

    – Kate Eller

  • Sandy Sparks
    Sandy Sparksover 5 years ago

    I know, People just realize that it takes a very special and dedicated person to do what you do.
    You are truly Gods gift to us all.

  • I know I must have missed this comment when I was away from the Bubble for about a year …..but I just wanted to say hi and thank you for your lovely comment back to my reply. I hope you are doing well …..and I did not realize you were from GA! I live in Jasper now……and simply LOVE it. We are retired, and live on the side of a beautiful mountain! Thank you for your inspiring comment and I very much enjoyed reading your profile. I am going back to look at your work. Wishing you well…..Kate

    – Kate Eller

  • cdcantrell
    cdcantrellover 3 years ago

    fantastic work Kate!!

  • Hello Craig! I remember you from about a year ago….then I was gone for awhile. Nice to have you take a look. Thank you for that great comment.

    – Kate Eller

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! This wonderful artwork is featured in the Realist Paintings About Water group – 30th January 2011

  • Oh, you sweet gal you! Thanks Miss Lyndy/alias Portia Pan. I am so proud to have this painting featured in this group. I love history and this had so many requirements. I was a nervous wreck before it was over. xoxoxo Katey Penelope ( Ya know, all we Southerners have double names…….Peggy Sue, Linda Lou, Sarah Jane, Scooby Doo……….. :-O )

    – Kate Eller

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    LOL! You are sooo funny Katey Penelope. I will have to be Portia Petunia or something equally silly!!!! (I did hear a rumour that Peggy Sue got married). My dad used to called me ‘Lyndy Lou’ and many other people do too.

    Yep! This would have been a really difficult painting to do accurately, and you sure nailed it you clever Southern Gal whose my bestest Pal!

  • Vivian Eagleson
    Vivian Eaglesonover 3 years ago

    Lovely colors and the water is so realistic.
    I know where Jasper, GA is. I used to live in North Forsyth Co. There’s a lot of great places to photograph up in the North Georgia area that date back to the gold rush days in Dahlonega.

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