Tuesday, 5 June 2012
The trouble with the competition is that I'm only allowed to enter one work for it, otherwise I might have hedged my bets with a seascape (which best reflects my normal artistic output) and perhaps a harbour scene. There would probably be far fewer seascape entries (we nautical painters are much fewer in number than workers in other genre), but the chances are that the judges will have had unfortunate experiences (if any at all) with lumpy seas. This may well cloud their judgement as to depictions of it, leading them to a bias in favour of landscapes, portraiture and still life. I've only got one shot at this, and I'm thinking of entering the painting shown above.
The painting is of Lower Voe, viewed from the pier, looking roughly north-eastwards . I used one of my own digital images of the scene, and I've added a couple of children playing in "da ebb" and a few lobster creels, "burrups" and netting to replace the stack of yellow fish-boxes which was in my original photograph of the scene. I thought that the bright gold would be too much of an eye-pull from the rest of the picture. I've taken a small amount of artistic licence, therefore, but it is still far from having Saatchi inclusion potential - it doesn't smell! I'll leave that element of ambience to your own sensual memories and fertile imaginations!
Whatever happens to the original painting, it's going to be available shortly as a giclee print. Come along to my Saturday stalls at the Toll Clock centre here in Lerwick (starting on 23rd June). They'll be for sale there in A3 and A4 size, along with many other good things. See you there!