I painted this fishing boat one Sunday morning (6th Nov 2016) in Eastney, Portsmouth. It is the view from Ferry Road to Lock Lake where many of the local fishing boats are pulled up beyond the tide line for safety and repairs. Over the years, many are now used for housing, never to go to sea again.
It is a pretty exposed spot and with the wind chill it felt bitterly cold. I made sure I wrapped up warm complete with woolly hat and fingerless gloves. Thankfully, there is a burger van close by so I periodically fortified myself with hot tea and hot dogs. That said, my feet were still pretty cold in my boots.
The water here is very shallow so it is only suitable for small boats which makes it one of the few places in Portsmouth where you still can feel alone. The rest of Portsmouth is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe so this little area is pretty precious.
As I painted, many people wandered by, stood still and just looked out across the lake to drift off into thought.
This fella did that very thing, while his Jack Russell dog stretched on his lead to partake in the rarefied feast of an abandoned KFC box. He never did quite make it.
Oil on board 25cm x 18.5cm.
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