Sunday, 21 August 2011

My Life as a Tree

A distinctly arboreal theme this week!

As for most of the pictures displayed on this blog, click any of the images for a larger view...

'My Life as a Tree'
oils with digital paint/processing
A self-portrait that pretty much sums up my personal attachment to woods and forests...

'Belfairs Woods No.1'
acrylics on paper (34cm x 24cm)

'Belfairs Woods No.2'
acrylics on paper (34cm x 24cm)

'Belfairs Woods No.3'
acrylics on paper (34cm x 24cm)
The three paintings above are based on sketches that I did in a local wood. The very same woods that I spent almost all of my spare time romping around in with my two brothers when I was a child. We were really lucky to live very close to these woods and they had a profound effect upon the shaping of my imagination...

'The Apples of Avalon'
acrylics on wood panel (120cm x 120cm)
Definitely a good crop this year. Probably magic apples though so think carefully before picking one...

'Squirrel in the Oak'
acrylics on canvas 
In the woods there is usually someone keeping a close eye on you...

Friday, 12 August 2011

A fishy business

'Fish Basket' oils on paper (25cm x 25cm) 

'The Old Fisherman' oils on paper (25cm x 25cm)

'Hauling in the Nets' oils on wood (20cm x 20cm)

'The Fisherman's Catch (1)' oils on mounted paper (30cm x 25cm)

'The Fisherman's Catch (2)' oils on mounted paper (30cm x 30cm)

'The Revelation of the Fish' gouache on paper (18cm x 16cm)

'A Fishy Transfiguration' oils on canvas (100cm x 70cm)

'Late Snack for an English Mystic' oils on paper (72cm x 55cm)

'The Fish & the Grail' oils on paper (50cm x 50cm)

'The Fish & the Burning Fairground' oils on paper (20cm x 15cm)

'The Wonderful World of Piscatorial Symbolism & Piscivorous Indulgence'
acrylics on paper (16cm x 12cm)

'The Evening Catch' acrylics on paper (29cm x 20cm)

'Late Supper' acrylics on paper (29cm x 20cm)

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Nautical but nice.

Avast me Hearties! Batten down the hatches, splice the mainbrace and raise the topgallant, we're off sailing.

'Homeward Bound' - inks & acrylics on board (14cm x 14cm)

'Low Tide on the Saltings' - inks & acrylics on board (39cm x 27cm)
Whoops, the tide has gone out already! That's the trouble with where I live on the Thames Estuary, the tide always seems to go out just when you are ready for a bit of serious sea-faring. This is a more usual view... looking across mud and marshes at Leigh-on-Sea towards Kent on the other side of the river.

'The Nancy Grey' - inks & acrylics on board (28cm x 19cm)
This is a beautiful little Dutch sailing yacht that can be seen sailing in our local waters (when the tide's in).

'The Quiet Mooring' - inks & acrylics on board (28cm x 19cm)

'On the Mud' - inks & acrylics on board (28cm x 19cm)

'The Old Tugboat' - inks & acrylics on board (29cm x 16cm)
The splendid old steam tug 'Brent', is berthed at Maldon, Essex.  She was one of the 182 TID (Tug, Inshore & Dock) class boats built during the second world war. There are only three left today so she's a bit of a local celebrity. Why not take a look at her website for lots more information: but do come back, I've still got a few more boats to show you yet...

'Hastings Beach' - inks & acrylics on paper (20cm x 16cm)
What was originally an old Sailing Lugger, has been modernised and still works as a fishing boat. There's been a fishing fleet working from this beach in East Sussex for centuries. Those tall dark buildings in the middle distance are black wooden sheds known as Net Shops, used for storing the fishing nets. The tractor is used to smooth out the shingle beach after storms so that the boats can be launched without problems. A job that once had to be done by hand...they were a tough lot in those days.

'The Bembridge' - inks & acrylics on paper (29cm x 20cm)
The THPV (Trinity House Pilot Vessel) Bembridge was a Pilot Cutter built in 1938. At the end of her working career she was used for almost 30 years as the headquarters of the Essex Yacht Club (as shown in this painting). She was sold in 2004 and then spent several years slowly rotting away in Kent while the new owners tried to sort out plans to convert her into a floating restaurant. That didn't work out and she was then purchased just last year by a Polish Shipping Company, Magemar. They carried out a massive restoration job to get her back to her former glory. It is great to know that she's in such good hands and that she's got her funnel back too! Take look at this site to see the THPV Bembridge as she is now, in full panoramic splendour:

It's no good, we can't sit about waiting for the tide any longer, let's get back onto the high seas shipmates. 
'I saw Three Ships' - acrylics on paper (16cm x 16cm)

I did promise in last week's blog that I'd not post any more pictures of ruins. I meant ruined buildings of course, not boats
'The Final Journey' - acrylics on board (60cm x 40cm)

No more ruined buildings or ruined boats in next week's blog OK? See you again then.

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
All rights reserved.