Seapainting

HMAS Sydney

HMAS Sydney marine art jack woods seapainting
Painting –  Oil on board
91 x 61 cm

The painting depicts the HMAS Sydney(FFG 03) an Adelaide class guided missile frigate which was launched in 1980 and decommissioned in 2015. She was the fourth ship with this name and operationally was involved in Australia’s responses to various conflicts including the Fijian coups d’état and the Bougainville uprising. She was also deployed on five occasions to the conflicts in the Persian Gulf.

I completed this painting in relation to an exhibition which had a theme ‘ The relationship between Humanity and the Sea’.  When I heard that this ship was to be decommissioned I thought about all those sailors who had lived on the ship for a long period and how they felt about the decommissioning and loss of their ship, and water based home.

Specifications
Class
Adelaide class guided missile frigate
Displacement      
4,100 tons
Length                  
138m
Beam                  
  13.7m
Speed                    
29 knots

(Painting developed with reference to several RAN photos)

Enterprize on Slips

Enterprize slips duke and orr marine art jack woods seapainting
Painting Oil on Board
60 x 45cm

Every one to two years Melbourne’s Topsail Schooner Enterprize is slipped at the Duke & Orr’s shipyard at Docklands. Prior to the slipping volunteers assist with much of the maintenance work including removing, checking and tarring running rigging; insitu checking and tarring of standing rigging; checking all the sails; scrapping and re-varnishing all spars, and many other jobs needed to ensure Enterprize looks and operates as well now as when she was launched in 1997. For further information refer to the Enterprize Web site.

I felt the mix of the traditional tall rigger, sitting amidst the solid horizontal support beams and the maze of vertical structures, including an elevated walkway, created an interesting painting composition.

Further details on the Enterprize are provided in some of the other paintings of that vessel

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance marine art Jack Wood seapainting
Painting Oil on linen
60 x 45cm

I was wandering along the waterfront at Lakes Entrance as the sun rose on a clear winter’s morning and felt I had to capture, in oils, the colours and reflections of these fishing boats.

Rowing Geelong

Rowing Geelong marine art seapainting jack woods korowa
Painting – Acrylic on Board
46 x 35 cm

This painting is based on an occasion when my youngest daughter was competing in some early rowing heats on the Barwon river in Geelong. It was early morning with sparkling water, and spectators just starting to arrive for the regatta.

Waitangi in Bass Strait

waitangi bass strait marine art jack woods seapainting
Acrylic on Board
31 x 41 cm

In 1999 I sailed the Tophat sloop, Waitangi, with another crew member from Western Port Bay to Sandringham on Port Phillip Bay. We had 30knt easterlies which made for a fast sail along the coast with decent waves. The painting depicts the voyage as we near Port Phillip Heads with Port Nepean in the background.

Peggy 1

Peggy 1 seapainting jack woods marine art
Painting – Acrylic on Board
33 x 24.5cm

This is a pretty little carvel sailing dinghy that was moored at Mordialloc Creek near Melbourne. It was in excellent condition and added to the beauty of this waterfront vista

Peggy 2

peggy 2 seapainting marine art jack woods
Painting – Acrylic on Board
33 x 24.5cm

This is a another view of the pretty little carvel sailing dinghy that was moored at Mordialloc Creek near Melbourne. It was in excellent condition and added to the beauty of this waterfront vista

Scarlet & Bad Habits

scarlet bad habits seapainting marine art jack woods
Acrylic on Board
33 x 24.5

A tranquil setting with these two boats moored near the Ken King centre at Sandringham Yacht Club

Metung Anchorage

Metung anchorage marine art jack woods seapainting
Acrylic on Board
33 x 24.5 cm

A quiet little anchorage at Metung on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria.

Tooradin Reflections

Tooradin reflection marine art jack woods seapainting
Acrylic on Board
45 x 60 cm

The still waters at Tooradin, on Western Port Bay, produced perfect reflections on this early morning visit.