Fireworks Finale, The Edinburgh Tattoo
Limited edition print of 750. 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.
I haven’t been to the Tattoo since I was a child so I did this painting partly from memory and partly from going to the location beforehand to see how everything was set up. The figures in the foreground came from observations I made at the end of Festival Fireworks in Princes Street Gardens. I thought they would be perfect for this painting. They looked similarly chilly!
The crowd are well wrapped up. One lady has a travelling rug around her and one man is wearing a woolly hat. Even in August, Edinburgh evenings can be quite cold. None the less a bit of rain doesn’t dampen the spirits of the tattoo performers. Since 1950 when the first Tattoo took place in Edinburgh, not a single performance had ever been cancelled until the pandemic.
This was a fun painting to paint. I took great pleasure in painting all of the details on the piper’s outfits. Making the fireworks look believable was tricky but I enjoyed painting the dark blue sky and dark shadows against the pinky-yellow tones of the castle and esplanade.