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Watch the wall my Darling ...

Watch the wall my Darling ...

Acrylic on stretched canvas 40 x 50cms
A French chasse Maree beats out of a Cornish cove in worsening weather, after dropping her "cargo". A shaft of moonlight, finding a rift in the clouds, lights up the beach and exposes the "Gentlemen" carrying on their nefario

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Well done, my friend! Very clever composition, which gets the action and the atmosphere. I often think it's easy to do a boat or a ship on its own, but doing this sort of contextual study calls for an extra effort. Congrats! The guy carrying the heavy goods looks like a real character - hope the Customs and Excise (can't) catch him! I love the feeling that I am in the cave watching all this....Great fun...Keep going! Donald.
 

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Thank you for your support Donald. I'm not over pleased with this one but if you don't post, you don't get criticism. I like the idea, but as this trade was usually done on the blackest of nights, I wanted to do a night shot but still let the action be seen. It fell over in that aim I think, not helped by the wonderful night action shot, of the raid on Liverpool docks by Fred (Willowgarth) a few days previous. I do like the skull in the clouds though, sometimes you have to let the whimsey take over !!

Tony
 

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Aye, I quite agree about the skull, which I can now see, as I lean back from the screen! Brilliant! No, this is very clever art - beyond the standard 'stretch', I would say. I just couldn't attempt it, with all its rich symbolism, and its overwhelming message that this is very much a covert operation, being watched by those who have been 'bumped off' in the process. Donald.
 

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Thanks Donald,
Now if we lived closer, I would invite you round for a dram of some very nice, duty free French Brandy that I have just stumbled across, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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I am a bit late in responding alas but have to say how much I enjoyed this composition. It does conjure up a narrative very strongly.
We had such " arrangements" here on the Isle of Wight in the 18th century not only smugglers but shipwreckers who were ruthless indeed. Showing lights from cliff tops imitating a lighthouse then watching the passengers and crew drown...and all for the booty.
I hasten to add I am not descended from such folk!
I much prefer ( as you say ) a whimsical interpretation. Thanks for sharing.
 

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