GREEN WATER DRAWINGS
This is a story relating to my lifelong love of small boats, my experiences with them, the sea, my career and my dreams in which they all play a part.
Boats leaked, sails ripped and navigation was basic. We enjoyed it and survived.
Here is a taste of the wind and the water, the sun and the rain, flogging canvas, that wave that hits you in the neck and what it is like to be cold wet and seasick.
Drawing comes naturally to me. I favour natural charcoal, such a fundamental material, and the power of the line produced can be so expressive. I try to develop my drawings in a series of layers. That way quite a long and complex story can be told on one sheet. Colours tend to reduce the power of the line so I use them sparingly. To maintain the element of chance I work loose when the subject allows.
Appropriately these drawings have been made on used navigation charts, which bear the record of passages I have made and the storms they passed through. So as a bottom layer they contribute an underlying sense of history.