In March, when in Penang, I was walking along a rather unstable wooden jetty, missing or loose planks, gaps to negotiate - part of it can be seen on the right side of the painting. This fishing boat was lying so peacefully and patiently waiting for the tide to come in and its crew to arrive.
The reason for posting so many things today is that I had to rebuild my blog as the previous one had glitches that drove me mad over the last several months.
This painting is for an exhibition and was inspired by a couple of days in Lyme Regis last October. Glorious weather and glorious place full of inspiration. One afternoon I looked over the harbour wall at low tide and saw dozens of ideas to paint and these 3 boats were just below me. The light was lowish and everything was so clear. The different shapes and states of repair, the stagnant water in the lefthand boat part in shadow, yummy stuff for an artist!
The cheeky title of this post is definitely not the title for the painting!
In March I was in Penang, Malaysia, and saw this man outside a covered market doing the rather messy and smelly job of cleaning crabs, presumably before they were to be added for sale on
a stall. His shirt drew my eye and I thought it would make an interesting contrast to the flat, smooth surfaces of the buckets and bowls. I did begin to lose the will to live tackling all the shapes but I was happy with it in the end.
On a skiing holiday a few years ago I saw this stream, made some colour notes, took a quick photo and added them to the In-Tray or Leaning Tower of Pisa as I ought to call it!
For more information, see the post below for 2 February - a small painting of part of this larger view.