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, June 20, 2013

Painters and dockers - Artist in Residence on the tall ship 'James Craig' Part 2

 unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Artist Jane Bennett
 Starting my plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" 
 I had originally stored my paints, brushes, canvases, table, chair and easel in the deckhouse of the James Craig, but I realised that the ritual of unlocking and sorting through all my stuff wasted too much time. Now I keep the half-finished canvases on the 'tween deck of the James Craig, and leave the table and easel in a corner on the floor of the dry dock.

 unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Artist Jane Bennett
 unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock"
 It's quite a hike down from the ship to the floor of the dry dock.

 unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Artist Jane Bennett
 unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" 
 I choose a position where the ship looms toward me between the walls of the dry dock.
 unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Artist Jane Bennett
 Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" 
 I try to make sure that I have enough room for the mast, rigging and the dockyard crane overhead.

 unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Artist Jane Bennett
 unfinished plein air painting of   'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com 
I knew that it would be overcast and so prepared a few canvases with a black imprimatura (underpainting). I find that this gives the clouds a more 3 dimensional quality.
Artist Jane Bennett with her unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock"
Artist Jane Bennett with her unfinished plein air painting of   'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 Portrait of the artist in full PPE (personal protective equipment) regalia.
Artist Jane Bennett with her unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock"
Artist Jane Bennett with her unfinished plein air painting of   'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 Hard hat, hi res jacket, tinted safety glasses, earmuffs and metal capped boots.

Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
Unfinished plein air painting of  'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 There is another tall ship, the HMB Endeavour, in the dry dock, but I can't get too close to her as she is being sandblasted back to her original wood and can barely be seen in the dust haze.


Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
Unfinished plein air painting of   'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 The dark bulk of the 'James Craig' stands out dramatically in front of the threatening clouds.
Marine art - plein air oil painting of  "HMB Endeavour with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
Unfinished plein air painting of   'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 I was worried that it was going to rain. It's risky starting such a large canvas as it takes so many trips back up to the top. The dockyard steps are narrow and a wet canvas has to be carried on its own without otherr luggage.
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Unfinished plein air painting of  'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 Suddenly I realised that I wasn't the only painter on the dock floor, as 2 white clad men started to haphazardly spray patches of red on the prow of James Craig.
Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
Unfinished plein air painting of   
'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
They cheekily "offer" to pose for me. They don't actually mean it, but I paint them in anyway.
Their figures provide a useful gauge to judge scale. This painterly device is known as "staffage" -  the size of the figures can be compared and contrasted with the size of the ship
Tim Drinkwater, the dockyard manager of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, told me that the painters would only be there for 8 minutes, but that was long enough for me to block in the basic shapes.
 The painters came up later to take photos of my painting of them.
They will be back to finish their painting on Tuesday.
I like the patchy 'work in progress' look of the hull, so I'll try to finish my painting before theirs.

Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My half - finished painting of
 'James Craig in drydock being painted'
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm

$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com

 This canvas is in a 'portrait' format - vertical rather than the more usual horizontal one.
Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My half - finished painting of
 'James Craig in drydock being painted'
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm

$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 i wanted the ship to dominate the canvas and used the extreme perspective to make it feel as though it is towering over the onlooker, and the prow almost poke you in the eye.
Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My half - finished painting of
 'James Craig in drydock being painted'
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm

$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 I am quite short, so I have to fold the legs of the easel up and set it on the ground as I'm not tall enough to paint the masts and rigging with it in the ordinary position.
Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My half - finished painting of
 'James Craig in drydock being painted'
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm

$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 At least this way it won't fall over in the wind.
Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My half - finished painting of 'James Craig in drydock being painted' 
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm
$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 They keep moving the dockyard crane. Any further to the left and it will be out of the picture. I can only just manage to squeeze it in without it looking too cramped.

Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My half - finished painting of
"Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" 2013
oil on canvas 75 x 100cm

Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
 I like the final position of the crane, though, as it won't be obscured by the masts and rigging. It gives the composition a little more drama, as it looks as though it could topple into the dock with a gust of wind.
Unfinished plein air painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My half - finished painting of
"Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" 

2013 oil on canvas 75 x 100cm
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
The end of my first full day painting on the floor of the dry dock.

Marine art - plein air oil painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
My studio on the 'tween deck of the 'James Craig'
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com
Marine art - plein air oil painting of  "Painters with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
 'James Craig in drydock being painted'
2013 oil on canvas 100 x 75cm

$7,700
Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com

Marine art - plein air oil painting of  "HMB Endeavour with 'James Craig ' in Garden Island dry dock" by Jane Bennett
'James Craig and HMB Endeavour in drydock 2'
2013 oil on canvas 75 x 100cm
$7,700

Enquiries : janecooperbennett@gmail.com

Tall Ships - Endeavour to be ship-shape again

1 comment:

rcondron said...

That's awesome. I love seeing the painting in different stages.