Sandcastle Competition on West Sands
Limited edition print of 295. Signed, numbered and titled.
Standard size - 38cm x 26cm on A3+ paper (48cm x 33cm)
Mounted prints are presented in an off-white mount with card backing in a cellophane sleeve size 50 x 40cm.
Un-mounted prints are rolled up in a sturdy postal tube.
Highest quality Giclee print.
It was in the middle of winter when I had the idea to paint this painting. I’d heard that there was a sandcastle competition once a week in July and August on West Sands in St Andrews and felt inspired to do a painting to illustrate it. Having never actually seen what the competition looked like, I just had to guess. I based a lot of the sandcastles on the type that my young children built when they went to the beach. Little did I know that some of the competitors actually produce masterpieces such as Gaudiesque structures or a realistic life-size replica of a mermaid. My version must have been reasonably acceptable though because it was used by Fife Council to advertise the competition for a few years.
I wanted to make the scene recognisably St Andrews so I chose to paint some recognisable St Andrews buildings in the background. On the left is The Scores, a well-known St Andrews Street. In front of that you can just see the red roof of the bandstand then in front of that is the Golf Museum. Right in the middle of the painting is The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and beside that, the distinctive red building which at the time was a student Halls of Residence known as Hamilton Hall but is now luxury apartments.