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Past and Present – 5 minute Stories

RaymondMurray_Poster_Print_Dunoon from Cloch PointThe loudest noise from outside the window, is the cry of Seagulls. Today, I am sitting in front of my PC and although chilly, I am working with the windows open – as per instructed by the HM Coast Guard this morning.

“Between the hours of 1:30pm and 3.00pm – open all windows, stay indoors near brick walls , avoid going into cars or gardens.”, the voice echoed, if not a little muffled along the streets.

There is a Police presence in the streets too and, I consider myself lucky, as residents in Kempock Street/Albert Road and areas on Bath Street have been evacuated from their homes since 8:00am this morning.The road closed and local shops and the health center are closed until around 3.00pm this afternoon too. There is even an exclusion zone on the Clyde, with the ferries postponed, and small boat owners asked not to sail.

Why?

Safety precautions are due to the discovery of an un-exploded WWII bomb, found a little off shore. It will be expertly removed and detonated today.

What effort and co-ordination to accomplish such a task.

The disruption maybe frustrating to some, but the amazing stillness of the morning and the quietness of the surrounding area brought back images from old books about the local area, with drawings and photos from the late 1800’s – the days when there was more horse than horse power.

I suppose it also made me think about change, and how all too often we take things for granted, even expected. We have the freedom to walk and travel as we please – how easily that can change due to circumstance.

Again, I hear a voice through the gulls cry, “This is a Public Announcement. All Clear, All Clear. Thank you for your co-operation”, and the whoosh of cars on the wind seem to follow straight afterwards.

Past and Present – 5 Minute Story – Inspiration

Today’s inspiration came from the incident not really a specific word, but it did make me think of Raymond Murray’s work. The River Clyde and its ship-building past are a feature in his work, hence my choice of seascape to accompany today’s story.

About the Artist.

Raymond works from his studio on the Isle of Bute. Here he is still close to his roots having been born in the shipbuilding town of Greenock, memories of which still inspire some of his work. It was there that he was taught the spectrum of painting by the renowned marine artist James Watt. He had a natural talent as a youngster and used to draw portraits of his fellow pupils in his “jotter”. He says, “As a kid at school I wondered what all the fuss was about drawing portraits; couldn’t everyone do that? I was surprised that the teacher knew so much and taught the class but couldn’t draw.”

As a young man he studied for a time at the Neo Classical Portrait School in London but eventually decided that, “there was nothing very interesting about portraits” and left. He was inspired, however, by the Impressionists, particularly Vlaminck, “I loved his deep blue skies and use of pure colour: this was for me”. In 1969 he started using a broad brush, pure colour and “artistic licence”. This very distinctive style, bold, vibrant and dynamic remains today.

“I think ‘abstract’ when I’m painting, but I don’t paint abstract. I always paint from memory too. It means you miss out things and add things, but that’s the benefit, it’s your interpretation, it’s better for composition.”

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It’s a beautiful day for a wee sail “Doon the Watter”. P.S. Waverley will be sailing the River Clyde until 30th August and can be boarded not far from us at Custom House Quay, Greenock or further down the coast at Largs Pier.

Waverley A3 Art Poster

Waverley A3 Art Poster

She is a sight to behold, and passes our window often during her Summer on the Clyde. A few years ago, I took this video while on board of the engine room and her steam engine made by Rankin & Blackmore, Engineers, Eagle Foundry, in Greenock.

So, go for a sail. Enjoy a great day out with fantastic scenery in the company of this majestic Lady.

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Coastal Scenes in Raymond Murray A3 Art Posters

A colourful choice of A3 poster from artist Raymond Murray. Iconic ship building scenes featuring East India Harbour, The Launch, West Harbour, and surrounding area – The Greenock Cut, Waterman’s House and The Vennel, to seascapes and coastal Clyde views such as Sandbank, Dumbarton Rock, Rothesay Harbour, and Dunoon waves. What will you choose ?

Rothesay Harbour A3 Art Poster

About the Artist.

Raymond works from his studio on the Isle of Bute. Here he is still close to his roots having been born in the shipbuilding town of Greenock, memories of which still inspire some of his work. It was there that he was taught the spectrum of painting by the renowned marine artist James Watt. He had a natural talent as a youngster and used to draw portraits of his fellow pupils in his “jotter”. He says, “As a kid at school I wondered what all the fuss was about drawing portraits; couldn’t everyone do that? I was surprised that the teacher knew so much and taught the class but couldn’t draw.”

As a young man he studied for a time at the Neo Classical Portrait School in London but eventually decided that, “there was nothing very interesting about portraits” and left. He was inspired, however, by the Impressionists, particularly Vlaminck, “I loved his deep blue skies and use of pure colour: this was for me”. In 1969 he started using a broad brush, pure colour and “artistic licence”. This very distinctive style, bold, vibrant and dynamic remains today.

“I think ‘abstract’ when I’m painting, but I don’t paint abstract. I always paint from memory too. It means you miss out things and add things, but that’s the benefit, it’s your interpretation, it’s better for composition.”

Raymond Murray A3 Art Posters | The Bay Attic | Rikki O’Neill Art Posters

Local Scenes from Raymond Murray

We have new Art Greeting Cards with colourful local views painted by, Isle of Bute artist, Raymond Murray. Choose iconic local scenes, including the Cloch Lighthouse, Dumbarton Rock, The Monument, Sandbank and the Waterman’s House, Greenock.

The cards are 150mm square, and come with white square envelope, sealed inside a cello bag. The cards are also blank inside giving you room to write your own message.

These vibrant and lively cards are great to give and eye-catching when framed. Remember to check out Happy Birthday Toulouse !

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