I’m hoping to get on with painting my water can in the coming week. At the Cavalcade last weekend I was able to get lots of inspiration, the following photos record some of the lovely cans found on boats visiting the show.

A very weathered can, but still hinting at the quality and confidence of the original paintwork.
I want to do the ‘club’ motif (shown here on the ‘Fazeley’ can) on Eileen’s can…
The dark background on the ‘Gifford’ can really shows the ‘roses & castles’ off to good effect, I hope the dark grey base paint on Eileen’s can will produce a similar effect…
Beautiful, lively daisies…
Does the white lining make for a visually lighter and brighter can?
I really enjoy the contrast between these two cans. Mmm there’s a perverse part of me that’s quite attracted to the very plain blue can! It looks as it the blue can has been overpainted, and all that remains of the original paintwork is the tantalising detail around the base band.
Teddies and a tin can…
The more I look, the more I’m spotting the subtle variation in the detail of construction of the cans… as shown here…
A tale of two can: two very different cans gracing the cabin top of ‘President’ one plain…
…the other ‘knobstick’ fancy…
Confident design and vigorous paint flourishes seen on the ‘Pirate Club’ boat can…
This lovely aged can has been simply tied with string to this butty for ages. Some people are refreshingly trusting… and it would seem that, so far, their trust has been repaid as it’s still there!
A careful, thoughtful can with lots of delicate detail…
Another can showing an attractive patina of age…
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