This is a modern replica of an Oyster Smack with a Spitzal foresail, if I said all of that correctly.
I painted the image from the reference I obtained in the Swale Barge Race in 2009. Since painting this image I have been on board this fine vessel and it is awesome up close.
The painting will feature in a new show at the Francis Ilses Galleries on the 31st of October 2009 along with several other marine paintings of mine in a mixed marine themed show.
There are two versions I have posted of the initial sketch idea I made. To begin with it was way too small and then I over compensated and made the vessel too large for the canvas.
I then rubbed all this out and started over with the whole thing being about a third less in size, happy with that I began to paint and ended up with the image above, hope you like it.
Best wishes Paul