Climate Change : a response to the ‘deniers’ narrative.
The three fold questions behind the pc phrase ‘climate change’ are; is the present rate of change abnormal and if so in what ways and finally of this threesome, is there a change occurring that is a threat to our individual and collective lives?
Mine was a working week end taking advantage of good light and light airs.
I’d love to have taken my Wayfarer ‘Evee’ and a picnic to Vannes for the grand maritime festival of sail.
A big bi annual event but with much to do and no crew I chose to work on the ‘Titanic Twins’, “Plymouth Harbour” after the Norman Wilkinson.
The latest [May, yes May] issue of the prestigious Yachting Monthly is out now with the double page article on my painting named and owned by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston “Roaring Forties”. If you have one or more of my paintings and or prints it is a good idea to buy and put by a copy … Read more
‘Racehorse‘ as in HM Sloop ~ in answer to some points raised the following transpired which you may enjoy my sharing with you.
“I have read with a lot of interest your creation page on the “Racehorse”. I immediately noticed the struck topgallant masts and the painstaking research that went into the “gammoning” subtitle. However, I would expect a ship in that kind of weather to sail under reefed topsails only, with one jib to boot as you illustrated. Was that considered with Mr Goodwin, and possibly disregarded for “artistic licence”? I would be curious to have his take on that. (then, just nitpicking here, would the ship not sail under independent Admiralty orders, and thus have a common (tricolour) pennant?) I love the painting… May I ask, even if it means I cannot afford it“.
An amusing tale in answer to a point raised by my friend Gerri Gill, via Facebook, Gerri won’t mind my sharing this with you.
Of yesterdays post Gerri generously wrote “Absolutely gorgeous. I love them both and especially the top colours [Mauretania, Maiden Departure from Liverpool, available as a signed print] . One is calm and serene. The other makes you sit up to attention and look …..”
Then the key part, she wrote “I am right in thinking that your path to excellence started with Francis? He must feel very proud“.
My reply was along these lines…
The path didn’t start with Francis Pratt although he was a major influence.
Probably my first ‘recorded’ efforts to paint were when I was about 4 or 5 years old.
With my friend Patrick Crawley we opened some tins of paint in my parents garage then ‘abstract painted’ the walls.
Very firmly told never do that again, I next painted Patrick.
Poor wee lad, he had to have his cloths burnt and head shaved so I must have done a pretty job.
I don’t actually remember doing it but my Mother sometimes told the story and I do remember seeing the garage walls, thinking it was very jolly and wondering how it came to be so.
My Brittany studio, works well in fine weather… ‘needs must when the devil drives’. You may notice, this studio is quite climate change sensitive, could be a problem come the equinoxial gales and winter…