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COASTAL GUN

I was with three painter friends fifteen days in Tangier Morocco to paint.
Here my friend Martin with a fat coastal gun. Built in Newcastle.
Description of the cannon: Newcastle on Tyne No.1797 / Weight 44736 L

Oil on panel 9,5 x 7 inch / 2019

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A fascinating subject indeed and made all the more interesting by the rusty patina.

Don
 

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Emil:
An interesting departure from your usual subject matter. As Don says, the age of the gun is superbly depicted and like Roberto says, you've captured the harsh Mediterranean light magnificently.
David
 

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Emil,

Three painters? How much painting was done and how much wine was consumed?

Yes, fine painting Emil. Good subject too. Your perspective for the carriage rail is spot on.

Stephen
 

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Thanks for all comments.

Tangier was a difficult time. We had a nice AirBnB house in the old Medina town. Outside, the light was extremely bright. I had huge problems to paint PLAIN AIR. It was not possible to paint in the harbor. A closed area. I tried painting in the fishing port, but they did not let me into the area.
So, i was often in the house at work.

To eat and drink:
Drinked a lot of tea during the day. In the evening a lot of wine. I found far away a single store to buy wine. Sweaty as a camel to transport the through the city every day.

Wash clothes;
We were a male household. After a week i did a laundry with clothes. On the machine was a sack of white powder. I thought about washing powder. The name of the washing machine FAGOR - INNOVATION. But there were only three ways to choose;
3 hours, 6 hours or 9 hours. That was weird! I chose the 3 hour button. In the evening laundry hung on the terrace. Thought the laundry is damn bad washed.
After a week my friend wanted to do a second wash. He found that the prepared white powder was not laundry detergent it was PLASTER! He then did a hand wash.
Well, sure why the first time the laundry looked so bad.
Did not tell the homeowner anything.

Emil
 

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Emil,

Well, looks like a good fun at Tangiers but next time don't bother the laundry!

There is a Plein Air 'event' running in Bermuda this week. Local and International painters. I guess about 50 of them. They will move to a different location every day and then a full exhibition at the Bda Society Gallery. Usually Michael Harding is there... as in Harding Oil Paints. Yesterday I was out for morning coffee and I saw a couple of the Plein Air painters running for a tray of coffee. My friend Sue said, "Why are you not doing this Plein Air event?" My first response was, "What? I like my AC, lights and music!" On top that, my own opening at the Gallery is Thursday 7th. I have exactly eight days to complete my work. Finish last touch ups. Framing, catalogue and the hanging plan as well. Notice the time of this? It is 3 AM!

Stephen
 

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Thanks Stephen for your lines.

Ouuu i see.... on the web. It's a bigger event with all the Plain-Air painters in Bermuda.

Right! Plain-air painting is a story of its own.
Usually I also like to work in my studio.

Surely you still have a lot of work to do for the upcoming exhibition.
Will be determined a feast for the eyes your paintings in original.
Hope we see a few impressions on SN.

Best
Emil
 

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Last summer I was coming along the little lane and spied a plein air painted working away on a little painting... with easel etc. Looked covered in sunscreen and huge sun hat. As I passed on my bike I shouted at him, "You are wasting bloody paint!" Thankfully I recognised the painter so I stopped. He looked completely fried in the heat. I looked at the little painting... 4 x 6 inch... did not even look the lane! Shudders. I turn the AC a notch higher.

Home stretch. Photos to follow.

Stephen
 

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