Over the past few months I have had a bit of bother with my back, but rather than lie about doing nothing, I found I could still do little postcard sized paintings by sitting for short periods of time. I was up in the pretty seaside village of Pittenweem in Fife and overheard the owner of the Fisher Gallery talking about a fund-raising charity auction for a Gala day there. As I wasn’t getting much of my own painting done, I took one of their A5 boards home and produced this little piece.

I had to mail the painting to the gallery where they were auctioned ‘blind’ (no signatures on the front, so you didn’t know whose work it was) and I was pleased to hear that mine fetched £150. The boat is actually from the harbour and the model is Leyla Rose performing her mermaid act. I had always wanted to portray Leyla as a bit of an evil mermaid capturing her sailors, so a bit of fun for me made some money for the Pittenweem Gala Day fund…happy times!



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