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Tiree lug-sail boat

Tiree lug-sail boat

This was my last 'splash-up' before I shut the paint-shop for the summer. It was produced in Tiree in April, in one evening, using knives, and with no exemplars or guidelines of any kind - straight out of the tube and my imagination. Splash, splash! The boat is meant to be our family lug-sail 'yawl', 'Peace and Plenty' - 18 feet overall, double-ended and clinker-built. She was built about 1900, and in use until the mid-1970s. If I were doing it again, I would give her much more 'heel', but, as I say, this was nothing more than an experiment which I expected to fail....It was less of a failure than I anticipated, and I still haven't thrown it out. The sea seems to move every time I think of getting rid of it....

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You are right Donald, the sea does move - very clever and it looks a bit 'choppy' out there.
 

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Thanks, Sister E. Yes, it was choppy when I painted that - the weather in Tiree in early April was glorious, but with a touch of wind, which made the inshore waters nicely turbulent. I was trying to catch that ceasless motion, when colour itself is so variable. The boat was a secondary consideration. I am beginning to think that I may enjoy working with knives, as I get more movement into the composition, especially into the sea. Painting 'wet on wet' without any 'originals' is also a grand challenge - you have to think fast on your feet (or is it 'hand'?), so to speak, and hold to the image in your mind. Otherwise, you will produce a mess (and I am good at that). I have bought sharper knives to do sharper birds! We'll see/sea! Best regards, Donald
 

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Don't thow it....it turned out well and you are braver than me in using knives...I tend to stick to what I know works...I don't have your experimental vigour and I envy those who broaden the boundaries !!! Lovely !!!
Debra :)
 

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Very much an experiment, Debra. These three efforts - this and the two 'Clansmen' - are all experimental one way or another. I've put them up to let others see different effects and techniques, with different results, from an amateur hand. Here it is a case of 'gain sea and lose boat'! I am not quite a 'Harley' yet....!!! (Jester)(Jester) Donald
 

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