Battle at Sea
The painting is titled ‘Battle at Sea’ and represents a journey in two ways. Firstly, it progressed through three paintings, and secondly, it evoked the journey of a character in a series of novels that I had read.
The painting started without form at Newlyn Art College and then it became a surrealist landscape with conifers. Much later, enthusiastic mark making transformed it into ‘Battle at Sea’. It brought to my mind the novel by Dorothy Dunnett, Scales of Gold, where the mediaeval protagonist sought gold via the gold/salt routes of the Sahara. He was attacked at the mouth of the River Gambia. Africa appeared on the left, the battle on the right but still more to discover.