Gale, ships, Fowey, Further Reading

Fowey harbour approaches, from a study made on location during a strong South Westerly gale.

Shipping movements off Fowey in a gale

50 x 81 cm, [20″ x 32″], long since sold for £500.

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A right bloody mess“… How that came to be is a funny story in it’s self.

People usually ask me to paint detail and yet the risks I took that day, the freedom and fluidity of this painting is I feel more representative of my natural character.

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As I write here

on a stormy night in Brittany, as the wind howls and moans in the rain swept darkness outside and my fireplace gently crackles with warmth, while visiting ‘My Maritime Page’ on Facebook  I was reminded of van Gogh.

I see a beautiful study of a gale swept beach with fishing boat coming ashore just as one still sees in many places today on beaches like that of Hastings.
That is if you hardy enough to brave the blast.

Shipping movements off Fowey in a gale detail 1

Van Gogh must have painted the scene when he lived and worked out of Pont Avon, near where I am right now.
In turn that reminded me of the painting I’m sharing with you here.

One of my earlier efforts, I produced and sold back in the 1980’s, “Gale off Fowey, shipping movements”.

Shipping movements off Fowey in a gale detail 2

This painting was developed from a location sketch made during the gale, in the days when I lived near Fowey [pronounced Foy as in Toy, hoy or boy].

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No fish

An amusing aside, I am wet and cold despite my ‘oilskins and thermals’ as I work on my oil sketch study.

I am semi sheltered in the ruins of the old Polruan Block House originally built to house the east end of the chain barrier which in medievial times could bar hostile shipping from the Port of Fowey.

An angler who had been fully exposed to the gale and had enough of fishing near me came over and  looked at my Turneresque sketch.

After several seconds of examination he pronounced, “you’ve made a right bloody mess of that then”.

Who had the last laugh?
I went home with a study from which I made a painting that I sold for £500… a good price back in 1985, and I sold several other coastal scenes based on the original sketch which I still have here in my store room.

He went home with no fish.


I’ll add a more bit of that in the book I’ve been asked to write about my work and life.

Of course van Gogh is one of my ‘heroes’ although for me the greatest most pioneering of them all remains J M W Turner who more than any other painter has inspired my life’s calling.

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