Sunday, 15 May 2011
OCEAN-GOING TALL SHIPS
He also chided and corrected me if my customer service came short of the mark. On the first afternoon, while we were in the process of the hanging operation, a couple of local men of senior years arrived to see what was on display. They were heard to lament the lack of sailing ships among the subject matter, and Kenneth made sure that I had taken note of this deficiency for future displays. He also saw that I handed out business cards liberally to anyone was showing even the slightest interest in the artworks. In short, if he had not been there supporting me (and I was still recovering from a serious knee complaint which had only been operated on a couple of months previously), I think I would have broken down and wept when I saw the magnitude of the task before me when I arrived at the exhibition venue that Monday morning!
So, mindful of the lack of sail-power evident in my last Catterline show, I have been doing a few tall ship paintings over the past year or so, and this is the latest. It depicts the 32.9m schooner "Johann Smidt" in fresh weather and an ocean swell, with one of the large 1980s-Polish-built flush-deckers in a trough behind her, and other sailing vessels visible in the distance. I'm quite pleased with my sea, and I hope it attracts some favourable comment (perhaps even a buyer ultimately!). It is available, along with many other goodies, from the Gallery Shop on my website http://www.tait-gallery.co.uk/Product-Page-1.aspx
The schooner "Johann Smidt" was built for Dutch owners in 1974 as the "Eendracht", but was sold to her current German owners when the new larger three-masted schooner "Eendracht" was built in 1989. Both these ships were in Lerwick in 1999 for the Tall Ships Race, and I hope to see them here again this year. I'm sure it will be a splendid spectacle and party, and I've booked my stall at the Toll Clock Centre for the occasion. Arr, Jim lad! See you there!