Archive for April, 2017

Dhow’s that?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Arab dhows, this lively painting, long since sold, of a ‘baghlah’ type dhow, text today much revised, was one of 4 commissioned via an agent for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, his yacht and for public buildings.

Dhow, baghlah

Dhow, baghlah

A few years later the image was licenced to Bloomsbury Books for a book cover in Arabic and in English, “The Corsair”.

Corsair Baglah book jacket

Corsair Baglah book jacket

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Port du Foleux

Monday, April 10th, 2017

A watch, underpants (to much information?) and shorts, yesterday afternoon. 25 + C (77 F) was all I needed while sailing barefoot on a day more like high summer than mid spring, sailing on the river Vilaine, one of the cleanest rivers in Europe.IMG_9812 (more…)

A preventer gammoning and Racehorse.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

 

For those of you who follow this page in part for insights into a creative process these sketches are a treat, they represent the early stirrings of what will become a major painting of HMS “Racehorse“. 

Racehorse sketches 31.03.17

Racehorse sketches 31.03.17

I’m very please to be preparing this Racehorse in part because it has a Trafalgar connection, more of that later, so will fit snugly in among my ‘Trafalgar Collection’ paintings. (more…)

Harwich and the Jolly Roger

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Jolly Roger, and the port of Harwich.

I was asked questions about pirates and why many submarines fly the Jolly Roger, skull and crossed bones… .

Moonlight Patrol detail 2

Moonlight Patrol detail 2

Many people correctly guess why however here is how that tradition got started…
Our ‘time machine’ takes us back to The Great War.

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