This is a watercolour painted on Hot Pressed Arches – 185 gm 560x380mm
When I was at school, my mother brought us down to Simon’s town for a holiday. I am not sure where she got the idea from but she organised a ‘site’ on one of these boats to take me out fishing for the day. So one morning at 03:00 I found myself chugging out to sea with a group of these guys. I don’t remember much about the day except that they were very friendly and I did not catch a single thing. They pulled in all sorts of fish on hand-lines and I sat there feeling quite spare. I also remember the guy who had been assigned to help me referring to me as his ‘mombakkie’. I realised that it was probably derogatory but only found out much later that this is what they called anyone on the boat who did not catch. It was all rather humiliating but also fun and a great experience. Years later I heard that a ‘mombakkie’ is the brick you take with you to your first brick-layers class. So there you are.
After that I had various friends with ski-boats and went out quite often and caught my fair-share of fish.
All of this came to mind as I painted this watercolour. So it dredged up some interesting memories.
And here is the previous position:
There may be a few touch-ups required later.
Boats are hard to get right – all of the different lines in the hull. But I love the solid functionality of these fishing boats. The skipper, standing behind the cabin has his oil-skins down to his knees and is steering the tiller with his right foot as he is ready to gun the motor in reverse (I think).
The big thing now is to put in enough background colour for context without blasting the whole affair with detail.
Here is the start of the watercolour of the fishing boat ‘Violet Glen’ returning after a day at sea. One of the hackneyed cliche’s round here goes something like “how do you eat an elephant? ans: “in small pieces” to which I usually reply “but you get a crowd to do it before it all goes vrot”. Anycase – in this case I am on my own. But I still need to move to get this done before the whole thing goes off.
However I have client meetings tomorrow – in my other world – so I am taking myself by the scruff of my neck and going to bed…