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Sterling

Full rigged ship Sterling of Christiania (Oslo), ex Stirlingshire, built Dumbarton 1877

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That roll again, with that sense of equilibrium/balance that only sail can give you. I feel proud of Scotland when I see where these ships were built. Aye...the Clyde yards produced some fine specimens. Happily, the 'Glenlee' is still with us. Your depiction of canvas is superb....Sigh...wish I could do that! Donald.
 

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Stein you have been busy, what a joy to see your work again. Looks as if the men on the main course are furling sail.
 

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Great pictures. An real inspiration for us lesser mortals to continue to tackle sail! A joy to see them here. Thanks for showing.
Deebee
 

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Thanks Sis and Deebee. Yes they're supposed to be furling sail, but no these paintings were not painted recently.
 

· Rob Andrew
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You've been holding out on us! I like the freshness about this one. And that change of colour across the sails is just superb.
 

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Thanks Rob, I have mainly tried to emulate Thomas Somerscales, and the shine-through orange at the bottom of the sails is typical of him, the reflected blue on the top of the shadows as well. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Somerscales_-_A_Barque_Running_Before_a_Gale.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Armada_Chile_1era_Escuadra_nacional.jpg
http://www.bonhams.com/eur/auction/18783/lot/130/

The composition here though is standard Charles Robert Patterson. (But for the missing identification flags.) Unlike Somerscales who considered himself a straight artist and seldom named his ships, Patterson always portrayed particular ships. http://vallejogallery.com/list.php?artist=Charles+Robert+Patterson+%281878-1958%29&sld=y&artist_id=131 The somewhat fanciful cast shadows would have been slightly more realistic but for the inspiring work of Jack Spurling.
 

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your work takes one back out to sea Stein,fresh wind and clean air,many thanks
 

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That first one does most for me, it's least afraid to let the paint carry some vigour.
 

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