Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Here is my portrayal of the Aberdeen trawler "Paramount" (A309) ploughing through a moderate North Sea swell in fine weather as she searches for the white fish shoals. She was one of a pair of sister ships, built for Peter & J Johnstone Ltd by the Mitchison yard at Gateshead on the Tyne, in 1959. The other boat was the "Partisan" (A310). They fished out of Aberdeen until the mid-1970s, when most of this class of side-trawler had become obsolete. I don't know the fate of the "Paramount" - whether she was scrapped at this time, or sold abroad, as some were. Perhaps someone will be good enough to enlighten me.
This painting represents my strategy to turn out some simpler and less detailed seascapes, which are less time-consuming to complete than the more complicated landscape scenes I had been doing up to then. Time is a very finite resource for me, as I try to get a reasonable-sized body of work together for the Catterline exhibition at the end of this year. However, being something of a martyr to my own cause, I've now embarked on another complicated work of Stonehaven harbour. The only way I'm going to keep the momentum going is to do a couple more seascapes concurrently with this. Work, work, work!
Talking of seascapes, the Tall Ships are making their way towards Shetland as I write this post. This evening, I was amazed to discover, from my Ship AIS, that our own "Swan" has taken less than 36 hours to make North Uist from Greenock. Now that's going some - and this stage of the event (the Cruise in Company) isn't even a race!