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Funnels and smoke on the Mersey

Funnels and smoke on the Mersey

A scene on the River Mersey of some years ago. The Cunard Line's Mauretania built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson on the Tyne. The ship's maiden voyage was 1907. The Wallasey ferry Royal Daffodil was built by R Stephenson and Co. Ltd. of Newcastle on Tyne in 1906. The ferry's name was then plai

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Edgar,

Another great scene on the Mersey. These paintings always work well when the prominent vessels in the scene are the workhorses of the river. Ocean liners make great backdrops!

Nicely done!

Stephen
 

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Outstanding, I'd say, Edgar. As Stephen says, the contrast between the work-horses and the glamour-girls makes a splendid counterpoint - but only the very finest artists can risk attempting the contrast across a diagonal line. I love your 'Mauretania', and your 'Royal Daf' and 'North Cock' are superb. What realistic lines and funnels, people and flags, to say nothing of the overall scene! You have such an enviable gift of accurate perspective...I think I'm watching it all, and having a wee cough as the smoke catches my nostrils...You are a master of smoke, as well as a master of all other aspects of art! Many thanks for another aesthetic masterpiece. Most warmly, Donald.
 

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Edgar, the scale is wonderful. The old open bridge tugs with their tall stacks, always attractive. Well done sir!

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Wonderful picture in all of its parts. I particularly love the technique used for the sea, and the lightness in the passengers on the ferry.
 

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Again, very many thanks to all who've been kind enough to say they are pleased with this latest little painting. Whenever I'm putting brush to canvas or paper many names come to mind who will be viewers of my depictions. Those who will be interested in accuracy of detail, those with knowledge of every ship shown and those who also paint and study technique. On this particular Mersey scene, as I was painting the water I thought of Stein who has a similar style. Jim's skies and subjects and Stephens wonderful finely detailed Liners. These thoughts make the joy of painting that much greater and not forgetting Donald Tiree's excellent splashes and of course his excellent descriptive words plus everybody who are good enough to let us see their paintings and for us to enjoy.
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Edgar
 

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Great painting Edgar. It's wonderful how you are just invited to lean into the scene from the bottom left. Lovely structure to the work. Thanks
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Very nice Edgar,
Like Jim's pictures, this adds to my knowledge of how things were. The old vessels weren't built to be attractive, but like a good wine they acquired that quality over the years, along with the respect of the people who worked them or relied on them. Thanks for sharing.
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Edgar,

Half the enjoyment of all the paintings displayed in this SN Gallery is being able to share the history and beauty of all the ships that are dear to us.

BTW... that funnel on the NORTH COCK is pure perfection!!!!! ;-)

Happy painting!

Stephen
 

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You have enabled us all to share the thrill of being there through your mastery of technique married to your nous.
Do you ever sleep Edgar? or are you working through the nights as well? The liner, tug and ferries are superb of course but so is the subtle dimensional effects of the ferry smoke against the clouds.
 

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