Monday, 30 June 2014

Oars Number One

Seafront I  6"x11"  Acrylic on Paper

 This is the first of two paintings of a set of oars. They are my oars, I had just bought them and wanted to paint them in all their aluminium and plastic glory they also just happened to fit well with the stainless steel railings in the picture.
 I bought Kate a boat for her fortieth birthday, an inflatable. When I collected it, it had everything apart from oars. The first oars I bought were wooden and beautiful but too heavy and not very efficient. These were the second set which I found on the internet. They are very light, fit neatly in the boat and are very handy when the battery of its electric outboard fails.
 Of course it is really a homage to Paulo Uccello.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle II 10x14 Acrylic on Board

 I had wanted to visit Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle since seeing 'Cul-de-sac' the 1966 film by Roman Polanski which was set here. The island is separated from the mainland by a causeway which is under water except at low tide. I have done several paintings of the castle. This one is from the harbour.