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In the Spirit of Turner

"Fishing Boats in a Squall" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

Another painting inspired by the sort of subject that interested Turner, although he would have made a much better job of it of course. I painted this entirely from imagination.

This is another exhibit in the Wave North Exhibition at Caithness Horizons.


  1. Good morning Keith!... The imagination captures... while the eye tend only to copy. Your imagination has triumphed in capturing the force of the storm... as in the wind effects and ominous colour of the water... creating a strong sense of place.

    Beyond that depiction of the pictorial... you toss in a handful of emotion - Hope. All eyes aboard gaze towards the safety of the headland... over which the only dash of blue sky hovers.

    Perhaps, I read into your work as romantically... as you created it... with imagination... and on another plane. Is that not truly "Turneresque".... whose incandescent painting interests were said "to bridge Romanticism with Impressionism"?

    I love this piece Keith! A gem!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Hi Bruce, if your imagination has been stirred by this, I'm glad because I think that's our reason for painting, isn't it.

      Yet again we seem to be in harmony, with your discussion of not merely 'copying' and my 'imagineering', as I think you call it.

      All the best,

  2. I can't imagine being able to imagine a scene like this, let alone get it down on paper. You've created a lot of movement and energy in those waves and the full sails and awkward lean of the boat beautifully demonstrate the strong winds of the squall. Your sky is dramatic, as always, and this is a truly stunning painting. Superb!

    1. Thanks John. To some extent the imagining followed a logical process: I had in mind Turner paintings of boats caught in shafts of sunlight in rough seas, so that gave me the centre of interest. The boat was the same type as several others I've painted recently. The lean of the mast was add to the drama, and to continue the line of the waves and lead the eye around the painting. The patch of blue sky helped to explain the sunlight on the water, and the dark clouds made the sail and the waves stand out.

  3. Amazing work Keith, very vivid and I can taste the salt on my lips …

    Excellent adaptation.



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