“its just the painting I had hoped for” . Regarding ‘Spirit of Mystery’ in what Hollywood calls an ‘ultimate storm’, there has been a flurry of e mails between Pete Goss and myself over the past couple of days so for those interested in the creative process here follows a summary of the completion, the lastv 2 % of effort for this large marine painting.
A copy and details of the painting as completed.
Here at a distinctly cold Castelnau de Montmiral, our first snow flakes of the new winter arrived today.
Attached is the result of the last 2 days effort.
Pete Goss wrote: “I have no sense of time when it comes to art – any idea when it will be done and how long does it take to get prints made?”
Love the work ups and have had a family vote which had us all agreed on the work up of the one we did on ‘Spirit’ when we met up.
Slight change of plan here, following a week that felt like ‘if it can go wrong it will go wrong‘ most of my week end plans are on ‘hold’.
Having worked 2 nights on the painting, not daring to curtail inspiration when it flowed, not having an amusing flirtatious companion to ‘manage’ my meals, I thought I deserved a week end in the fresh air, a nice randonnee, some work on my boat…
Sent from his iPhone Pete Goss wrote:
Keep the pictures coming for it is very interesting to see how you build it up.
Are the colours bland at this strange for a reason?
What I can do is relate a little of what passed with the renowned sailor Pete Goss as we prepare to make a spectacular painting of his Cornish Lugger ‘Spirit of Mystery‘.
Pete Goss, the renowned small craft sailor (look him up on you tube etc) wrote:
I have always admired that painting (“Roaring Forties“, more on that below… was commissioned by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston) as it is one of the few paintings that for me captures the Southern Ocean in a small boat.
I would love a painting as George (Skinner) has suggested but don’t want to start something
that is beyond my budget and ends up dashing all our hopes.