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

Friday, December 2, 2011

Painting the Tugboats of Sydney Harbour - the 'Wilga', 'Wonga' 'Woona' and 'Watagan'

Looking for suitable subject matter to paint for the Christmas exhibition at the Frances Keevil Gallery, I couldn't resist the tugs. Now that there are fewer large ships coming in to Sydney Harbour, they are harder to spot.
The best opportunities are found when they escort the tankers in and out of Gore Cove, and when the cruise ships come in to Barangaroo. Peak cruise ship season is from October to the end of February, so this means a bumper crop of tugboat paintings.
My studio at Moore's Wharf, opposite Walsh Bay Wharves on the right and Barangaroo to the left, offers good vantage points for tug spotting. As well as painting from the wharf at ground level when the weather permits, I have studio space on the top floor in the 'loft', which gives me a 'bird's eye view'.
In this set of paintings, I have varied the viewpoint and the background - the paintings of the 'Wilga' and the 'Wonga' feature the tugs alone against the sea and are painted from the top floor of Moore's Wharf; the 'Woona' (which has recently been repainted in its new livery of Naples yellow and navy - it used to be white with a black hull) is painted in late afternoon against the spectacular backdrop of Goat Island; and the 'Watagan', one of the smaller tugs, is shown dwarfed by the giant white cruise ship it is escorting.   
Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
'The 'Wonga' 2011 oil on board 28 x 35cm
$990


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Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
'The 'Wilga' 2011 oil on board 28 x 35cm
$990

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Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
'The 'Woona' passing Goat Island'
2011 oil on board 28 x 35cm

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Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
'The 'Watagan' with the 'Pacific Dawn' 2011
oil on board 28 x 35cm

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And a tugboat in action - the 'Watagan' bringing the 'Pacific Dawn' into Barangaroo's temporary cruise ship terminal.
Sydney's new cruise ship terminal will be built at White Bay, as soon as the old White Bay Transit Shed has been demolished. In the meantime, there are a motley collection of vessels berthed there for me to paint.  
Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
Starting my painting of  
'The 'PB Endeavour' at White Bay 
2011 oil on board 28 x 35cm
Painted en plein air at White Bay Wharf, Berth 5

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All of the previous paintings are of Svitzer tugs and painted from vantage points around Moore's Wharf. This painting is the odd one out in this series, as it was painted at White Bay, and was tied up rather than out on the water, so I thought that it would be a good contrast.
I fell in love with the pale blue tug PB Endeavour, one of the Pacific Basin Tugs. I have been admiring it while it has been berthed at White Bay Berth 5, next to the 'Bob Barker - Sea Shepherd'.
The PB Endeavour was launched just over a year ago, and was a bargain at $9 million or so ! I wish! But as it falls a little bit outside my budget, I'll have to settle for painting it.


Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
'The 'PB Endeavour' at White Bay 
2011 oil on board 28 x 35cm
Painted en plein air at White Bay Wharf, Berth 5

$990
Sold
Enquiries about similar paintings:
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Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
'The 'PB Endeavour' at White Bay 
2011 oil on board 28 x 35cm
Painted en plein air at White Bay Wharf, Berth 5

$990
Sold
Enquiries about similar paintings:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com  

Marine painting- plein air oil painting of tug in Sydney Harbour by marine artist Jane Bennett
'The 'PB Endeavour' at White Bay 
2011 oil on board 28 x 35cm
Painted en plein air at White Bay Wharf, Berth 5

$990
Sold
Enquiries about similar paintings:
janecooperbennett@gmail.com  


I will display this set of little tugboat paintings in the forthcoming Xmas show at the Frances Keevil Gallery, opening on Saturday 10th December 2011