Ghost Flowers

The boat moored alongside our ‘Eileen’ in ‘the Arm’ in Banbury is perhaps best described – charitably – as a project boat. It’s a project that has seemingly stalled. It’s a boat in decline. With it’s restoration becoming, year by year, still more challenging. More expensive. Hope erodes. Continue reading “Ghost Flowers”

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Fireworks of Flowers

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

~Ernest Hemingway

I mentioned in a previous post about ‘Water Cans’ (HERE), my ongoing fascination with folk art, which is based on a desire to find a visual language to develop my own version of the inland waterway boat man’s decorated Water Can…

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Man v. Can 18.

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I spotted this fascinating array of painted ware recently on a boat on the off-side residential moorings close to Cropredy Mill. Despite being in a bit of a state, with paintwork peeling – perhaps following a Winter on the cabin top – nonetheless they retain a weathered authority. They seem to show the skills of three different painters using a range of distinct styles: the left-hand (smaller) can is an example of the tighter ‘knobstick’ style, whilst the right-hand (larger) can displays a confident and more flamboyant Braunston-esque style. Though little of the dipping bowl can be seen, it seems to be in a more hesitant amateur style, and is one I’d like to look at more closely..

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Man v. Can 6.

This is a particularly busy period workwise, as a consquent there’s been an increase in the number of late nights I’m working. As a result I’m not able to commit as much time to painting my water can as I’d hoped.

However the research continues, and today I thought I’d share these images with you, not from a tradtional boat painter, but one of my favourite artists Sir Terry Frost RA.

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