Boats on the Wall, St Monans
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.
I hadn’t done many paintings of St Monans so I was keen to have a good look around the village to see what caught my eye. It was winter time and the first thing that struck me was the line of boats perched up high on the edge of the harbour wall. The tide was out so that made the boats look even more lofty and precarious. They reminded me of a row of toys arranged on a high shelf by a child who no longer wanted to play with them. They looked sad and I felt quite sorry for them.
I enjoyed painting the varied architecture of the village which can be seen behind the boats. There are many characteristic old Scots features here such as forestairs, datestones, crow-stepped gables and pantiled roofs. In the foreground three impatient seagulls are waiting for some food. It can be abundant in the warmer months when fishermen leave scraps lying around but in winter, times are hard. To emphasise this feeling I kept to quite a sombre wintery palette of browns, blues and greys with just a little hint of red and pink.