Modern yacht Art

I was down in Dartmouth over the new year - at my mother in law's funeral.

I took the dog for a late evening walk around the town - it is a visual treat at night - with the wide sheltered harbour and steeply stacked streets

The dog and I started to look in the gallery windows









there are a lot of galleries to choose from - such is the fate of towns as beautiful as Dartmouth

there are six listed here

I was going to write an item about yacht art

I am now a cameraman by trade and find myself working with images all the time










but most of them are as seen down my own camera lens

if there was a man to whom the cliche "I do not know much about art - but I know what I like" then I am he.

any comments on these people for instance

this bloke fo instance Martin Proctor

this bloke Paul Barclay who takes mobos seriously

john boyce

with his quaysides

david Norman with his classic old working boats

there is a bloke called Wilfred

Duncan Macgregor

does anyone have any urls I should be looking at rather than basing it just on what Dartmouth has to offer


and for any artists who object to me uploading these images - drop me an email and I will kill the pictures and the links to your work straight away - but I hope that you will benefit from more poeple seeing your work


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18 Responses to “Modern yacht Art”

  1. 22 January, 2012 at 10:45 amJulian says:

    Dad was an artist, and he was good at it too. the biggest difference between a paint artist and a camera artist is that Dad would mess about with his pictures until he got the correct lighting, you need to wait until you like what you see or live with it? But both are an art!

  2. 22 January, 2012 at 11:20 amdylan winter says:

    So J,

    do you like any of the above…. do you have any art on your walls

    I have one watercolour done by a family friend – it is of yachts but he is not a sailor so the rigging on the boat is completely wrong – drives me mad every time I see it

    but I cannot take it down – and non sailors think it is a great picture


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  3. 22 January, 2012 at 1:05 pmSteve Marshall says:

    We have a number of pieces on our walls of boats of various boats, some photos and some paintings, mostly prints. The best photos were taken by Bekin of Cowes when we were sailing through the Solent in our old Westerly Konsort; not the most photogenic of boats but their cameraman, working from a rib, made her look really quite special. We have a number of prints including one of a picture by Montague Dawson (try Wikipedia) which is really very good. We have a fantastic amateur close up of a yacht race which was done by the mother of a friend; it is true art in that it captures the essence of the race without trying to be a photograph. Finally my sister in law is painting a picture of our current boat in oil; working from some photos taken by a friend. She is a professional artist (see but what she is doing for us is a huge departure from her normal stuff.

    All in all I feel that both media constitute art; what I don’t like is a painting that is just an attempt at copying a photograph and, indeed, a photograph which is attempting to depict something which could better be done in paint. For instance, the photograph my sister in law is using as a basis has a boring sky and the shape of the sails are interrupted by a boat in the background. She will put in a better sky and not paint the offending boat improving the scene massively. What I am hoping for is a depiction of the rather happy tension, felt on a slowish heavy boat that was in the lead during a race by dint of better tactics. We eventually won by a couple of boats length from a lead of about a mile when the picture was taken. The photograph is excellent (which is why we want it painted) but lacks the emotion of either the Bekin photos or of the race completed by the mother of our friend.

    Spent some time over Christmas looking at pictures in galleries as we have some gaps to fill on our walls. Most were well executed but lacked something. They appeared to be churned out without telling a story. There were a number of beautiful young women in various states of undress, but all lacked any implied narrative. There were others using modern acrylic paints which were spectacular but conveyed no emotion (even those of boats). So look forward to receiving the picture from my sister in law, which, I’m sure, will be worth hanging.

  4. 22 January, 2012 at 1:15 pmDylan Winter says:

    you are dead right Steve

    there needs to be an implied narrative – something for the imagination to get hold of and fill in the emotional background to the image

  5. 22 January, 2012 at 10:03 pmgerry says:

    One of the things I miss most about living onboard is losing our collection of paintings. They ha=ve been farmed out to family members and I sometimes think of the day when we will reclaim all those old freinds.

    Our collection spanned a number of different styles and we particularly enjoyed collecting from young graduates of the Royal College of Art. One young painter Emily Bakker painted my favourite canvas of the scene of Rame Head in Cornwall, sorry I don’t have a pic to show you! It’s naive style and intimacy of observation never fails to leave me with a smile on my faceI

    We were also lucky enough to collect some superb watercolours from a Danish painet,johansen, he paints straight to paper whilst on the boats themselves, the mind boggles. We have a series of cloud observations that he painted over a period of 6 hours and they are a pictoral weather forecast!

    My other halfs old business, before we went cruising and became somewhat poorer in funds but richer in life, had an arrangement with the Maritime museum to restore their works in return for hanging a selection in the office. He lived for some time with a fine picture of ‘Dutch [email protected] by Richard Cooke. It was magnificent! He also had one of the only copies of H1 the famous clock designed by Harrison that changed the accuracy of navigation.

    Have a look at the Maritime \Museums site, lots to stimulate you there!

    Keep up the good work…

  6. 23 January, 2012 at 7:43 amjohn hicks says:

    Dylan,First I suggest you take down that picture you dislike – you will start to feel better immediately. Then choose a good picture or two and before you know you’ll have walls full of them. Have a look at . They have been painting up and down the Thames for sbout 50 years and they are all pretty good. I bet there are a few you would like, perhaps a nice birthday present?

    Nearly time to get down to that boat.

  7. 23 January, 2012 at 9:43 amDylan Winter says:

    I can’t take it down – my friend will be so upset – although I hvae probably already got myself into trouble

  8. 24 January, 2012 at 11:02 pmJulian says:

    I do like a few of these paintings, but the more abstract they are the less I like them.
    A couple of Dads paintings are on here if you were interested.

  9. 31 January, 2012 at 8:37 pmPete Shepherd says:

    Hi Dylan,

    The Burnham Art Trail has been going for a few years now, and their website has links to the work of a number of artists local to that area. Not all the works are nautical –

    Above my mantelpiece I have a limited edition lithograph by David Koster, called ‘Getting ready for the race’, showing clinker dinghies beside the stone quay at Plockton NW Scotland) getting themselves sorted out.

    My grandfather, Harry Stebbings, was a prolific amateur artist in and around Burnham-on-Crouch and the Dengie Hundred. Being a shipwright he was terribly precise about the rigging, but his pictures could often lack the life and energy that I enjoy in more expressionistic paintings.

  10. 3 February, 2012 at 5:28 amjoecomet says:

    Hey Lad
    Thanks for the art show. I realy like the seaside almost cartoon paintings with the rowhouses and the gulls in the foreground. I have a cartoon of mermaids by a Cape Cod artist Calhoon who is gone on to the great canvas in the sky. The girls are in a hotair baloon, scrubing their removed tail in a whale spout and hanging them over the edge of the basket to dry. You have to use your imagination to think about what they look like without their tail coverings. In the bath, I have three prints of sail. One of the clippership ‘Cutty Sark’ under full “bloomers” and studsails. On the other wall my favorite sail, Gloucester Schooners. The ‘Gertrude Thebaud’ and the NS ‘Bluenose’ in a tight race. Then there is my mystery Gloucesterman, the Ellen B. Bude. Still trying to find her origins. Then over my bed is the Maine built frigate ‘Rose’. She was the frigate that was used in the movie, ‘Master and Commander’. On another wall the training square rigged ship ‘Joseph Conrad’. And last but not least, a great enlarged photo of the 120′ staysail rigged schnooer ‘Voyageur’. I sailed on her as crew in the West Indies in my youth. I see she is rigged back to her original topsail rig she was built with, and is racing on your side of the Atlantic. Jee, I didn’t realise how much stuff I have nailed to the walls!! Och will! Gives me sweet dreams.

  11. 17 February, 2012 at 5:24 pmSimon says:

    I really like Duncan McGregor’s paintings. A few years back I was very tempted by one of his originals, it was fairly expensive so I didn’t buy it, I still regret that decision.

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  14. 16 March, 2013 at 10:15 pmSally Hudson says:

    Take a look at these amazing wire sculptures:
    They aren’t yacht art, but she does some beautiful seabirds.
    We’ve just discovered that our boat, ‘Just So’, used to be owned by Duncan Macgregor. He sailed across the Atlantic in her. Shame he didn’t leave us a painting onboard!

  15. 17 March, 2013 at 3:12 pmdylan winter says:

    love her curlews – it is amazing the way she can summon a bird with bent wire

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