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I Am the Walrus

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The next sailing vessel to catch my eye in Portsmouth Harbour during the 14th WORLDWIDE Paint Out Sept 9-11, 2016 GREAT WORLDWIDE PAINT OUT, was the "Walrus V". Presumably there were four other walruses that preceded this particular boat. The name of the boat made me think of the 1967 Beatles movie called the "Magical Mystery Tour" and the song title that I used to name this particular painting. I enjoyed how a white-painted surface is never really white when one carefully observes the colours of the reflected light. The white hull took on the colours of the light reflected from the sky, water and wharf. I tried to be very economical with my brush strokes as well.

In fact the walrus refers to Lewis Carroll's poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" (from the book Through the Looking-Glass). John Lennon who wrote the song, expressed dismay upon belatedly realizing that the walrus was a villain in the poem.

With the advent of digital photography and the GPS, I now take "in progress" images as well as identify the exact location I was standing. I once had another artist accuse me of not finishing the painting on location or even doing the art en plein air ... I do and these images prove it - not that it really matters. There is something about the imperfections of a hurried brush stroke that makes it perfect - at least close enough to perfect. After-all, perfection is very highly over-rated. 

Warmest regards from Phil the Forecaster … keep your paddle in the water… and your oils and brushes clean...

PS: The ongoing paintings in this series can be found at IPAP Worldwide Paint Out

PS: Phil’s Ongoing “Magazines”

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