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|Here is a detail of the main engagement|
For those who care about the technicalities it is painted on a deep edge box canvas so doesn't need a frame. I started the under-painting and planning out the vessels before Christmas. The sea was rendered in a base coat of acrylics bulked out with structure gel to give the waves a 3D effect (when viewing the original up close). Oil colours were then applied to sky and sea (in a thick impasto on the sea) and allowed to dry thoroughly for a couple of weeks. I resumed in the New Year and steadily worked on the main vessels in detail in oil, each one took about 2 days to complete. The rigging and other rope work is rather demanding - far worse than painting a 50 man battalion of model soldiers with cross straps! When I was happy with the ships I worked up the sky and sea again to give me the overall emphasis I wanted. And if you look closely you can see my trademark birds just hovering behind the escaping merchant ship on the left - maybe they are searching for a tasty(!) snack of ship's biscuit. I hope you like it.
This large painting would make a lovely addition to that big expanse of spare wall in your wargames room, lounge or hallway. Or it would look pretty impressive in corporate premises such as an office boardroom, hotel foyer or a pub/restaurant with a nautical theme. It is for sale at £550 plus carriage. Please feel free to comment on this blog, or if you are interested in possible purchase please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , I can send more information and photographs.
For those who haven't looked at my art web pages for some time they have been reorganised. The main landscapes and a couple of fairly cheeky paintings from "Tales of the Golden Head" can be seen here
Chris Gregg art main page
and the military paintings at
Chris Gregg Military paintings