Turner Revisited – Pencil with Blue/Grey washes (just like Turner) in watercolour, on a watercolour Moleskine.

Every January, for the last century, the National Art Gallery; in Edinburgh, exhibits the Henry Vaughan collection of 38 watercolours by JMW Turner. Vaughan’s bequest stipulated that the darkest month of the year was to be chosen as this would protect the paintings from harmful light. I’ve been going for many years and never fail to find something new in these wonderful creations. This “posting” is inspired by one of my favourites – Old Dover Harbour http://www.nationalgalleries.org/collection/online_az/4:322/result/0/19212?initial=T&artistId=5582&artistName=Joseph%20Mallord%20William%20Turner&submit=1 but I did not want to even remotely plagiarise his work. Where Turner painted 18th century cargo vessels I’ve attempted to depict sailing trawlers from a hundred years later. (I even made a model boat to get some of the proportions correct). I’ve had a lot of fun doing this and hope its been worthwhile. 2009 is going to be great as the gallery will host a major Turner exhibition entitled “Turner and Italy”.