Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Australia Day 2011 at Darling Harbour Part 1: Endeavour

Endeavour*

*Noun
1. endeavour - a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that     requires effort or boldness)
2.endeavour - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something



3.endeavour - an effort to do or attain something

4.endeavour - a sincere attempt. A determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal; Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity; To attempt through application of effort; To work with purpose

*Verb
1.endeavour - to try (to do something)
Marine art 'HMB Endeavour' at Darling Harbour  plein air oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
'HMB Endeavour' on Australia Day
 2011 oil painting on canvas 23 x 31cm
$770
Enquiries about this painting :
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
The word 'endeavour' seems appropriate to me on several levels as a theme for Australia Day.
Plein air painting on a popular public holiday, at the hub of all of the festivities, certainly requires a fair bit of 'effort or boldness', is hopefully 'a purposeful or industrious undertaking' and is definitely an  'earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something'.
It's also the name of one of the most famous ships to visit Australia, one closely associated with our recent Australian history.

A very short tall ship
I started my painting of the small canvas of the 'Endeavour' on Australia Day 2011, a bit after 9am. She is docked at her customary jetty for the Australia Day festivities and to give her many fans a last opportunity to explore her for quite a while.
Tomorrow the HMB Endeavour will go to Garden Island to be prepared for her next heroic voyage - the circumnavigation of Australia. This is the reason why her masts are a lot shorter than normal, as prior to this, she had some work done over at Glebe. One spectator irreverently referred to the ship as 'Mrs Stumpy'. I think I saw her figurehead wince at this indignity.
Marine art 'HMB Endeavour' at Darling Harbour oil painting by artist Jane Bennett

'Endeavour' on Australia Day
 2011 oil painting on canvas 23 x 31cm
$770
Enquiries about this painting :
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
I was able to finish this small plein air painting on the day, by just before lunch-time, despite the general craziness of the Australia Day celebrations.
My 'endeavour' had paid off!
I had chosen a good spot at the end of the jetty where I could observe and paint without being trampled.
Now the big decision- do I stay put ? Or move in search of the spot promised to me on the pontoon?
The ship parade was not due to start until after 5pm so I decided to push my luck and start a large canvas. This might be my last chance to paint the Endeavour for a long time, so I might as well make the most of it.
My family motto was "You might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb". (This could have had something to do with how some of my ancestors came to Australia in the first place!)
Marine art 'HMB Endeavour' at Darling Harbour oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting the large canvas of the 'Endeavour' on Australia Day 2011 
oil painting on canvas 76 x 102cm
An unfinished plein air painting
Sold 
$7700
Enquiries about similar paintings :
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
Marine art 'HMB Endeavour' at Darling Harbour oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Painting the large canvas of the 'Endeavour' on Australia Day 2011 
oil painting on canvas 76 x 102cm
An unfinished plein air painting
Sold 
$7700
Enquiries about similar paintings :
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 In the background is another tall ship, the James Craig, which was sailing throughout Australia Day, but had returned by the afternoon, in time for me to include it in this canvas.
This is still unfinished, but most of the ship has been completed, leaving only the lighthouse, details of the Australian National Maritime Museum and some of the rigging to finish.  
Marine art Cannons of  'HMB Endeavour' at Darling Harbour oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Detail of 'The 'Endeavour' Australia Day 2011 ' - 'Cannons' 
 'Endeavour' on Australia Day 2011 
oil painting on canvas 76 x 102cm

Sold 
$7700
Enquiries about similar paintings :
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
This is quite a large canvas for a plein air painting. I have included some close-up details.
Because the other end of the jetty was taken up with queues of people waiting to tour the ship, I had a fairly empty foreground which set off the bold colouring of the ship. On my left were a magnificent pair of cannons, one apparently aimed at the Endeavour and the other at the distant James Craig, and I couldn't resist including them.
Marine art Cannons of  'HMB Endeavour' at Darling Harbour oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Detail of  The 'Endeavour' Australia Day 2011 - 'Old mate' 
Painting the large canvas of the 'Endeavour' on Australia Day 2011 
oil painting on canvas 76 x 102cm
An unfinished plein air painting
Sold 
$7700
Enquiries about similar paintings :
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
Every now and then a face would peer at me from the dark hold of the ship, squinting against the glaring afternoon sun.
When the shadows began to lengthen, I started to pack.
The Australian National Maritime Museum would be closed by 6pm, and I had at least 2 trips to make to put all of my painting stuff- folding table,chair, easel and canvases, some of it heavy and all of it awkward, on the pontoon. The pontoon wasn't that far away, probably about 400-500 metres, but the heat was stifling, and it is tricky transporting still-wet canvases around through the crowd without smearing the paint. Or getting paint on any of the onlookers! (I didn't)
People were absolutely wonderful all day long. I was handed bottles of water by perfect strangers, and volunteers or even passers by would keep an eye on my things while I moved to the new location.
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