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

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Artist in Residence at the Sydney Heritage Fleet Part 2 : The 'Lady Hopetoun'

Painting the 'Lady Hopetoun' in a quiet spot in the 'Ability Barges' yard next to the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
As the 'Lady Hopetoun' was the first vessel acquired by the Sydney Heritage Fleet, it seemed appropriate to kick off my residency in earnest with her portrait.
oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500


'Lady Hopetoun' a classic Edwardian VIP steam launch  was built in Berry's Bay and launched on 10th April 1902.

oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500



While she was officially described as a vice-regal steam yacht, not all her duties were so aristocratic. She was used as a relief pay boat, for small towing jobs and even ferried the children who lived on Fort Denison to school.
So even though she looks very stylish  with her low profile, raked lines and graceful counter stern, the 'Lady Hopetoun' was really a workhorse.

oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500



On the left of the 'Lady Hopetoun'is flotsam and jetsam belonging to Ability Barge Services, who are the real workhorses of the present day Sydney Harbour.
oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm

$1,500


The hull of SS John Oxley looms in the centre of the background. To the left is part of the 'Kanangra', a dilapidated 100 year old ferry that the men's shed seem to have been restoring forever.
oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500


oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500










starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500



oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500


You can see how I've chosen as my vantage point a sheltered nook in between a collection of large rusty pipes. The weather might gradually be warming up and Blackwattle Bay looks deceptively calm, but on the waterfront there is still a nip in the air.
oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm

$1,500



oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
starting my painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500


oil painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' Sydney Heritage Fleet by artist Jane Bennett
half finished painting of 'Lady Hopetoun' oil painting on canvas 36 x 46cm
$1,500


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