James Dodds exhibition at Maldon

This is a delightful exhibition of James Dodds work put on by the Hayletts Gallery in Maldon, and in the spirit of our virus-ridden times the gallery has done a great job of putting up an online virtual gallery to view in comfort and safety. But perhaps the best way to see the material is via this guided tour!

My thanks to Malcolm Woods for giving me the tip!

For more from James, see Artist James Dodds talks about this work, the sea and rebuilding the deep sea smack Pioneer and The Song of the Waterlily, set to music.

Fishing Boats of Scotland: drawings by Gloria Wilson

Product-Shot-Fishing-Boats-of-Scotland-510x679This arrived today, and its 48 drawings are wonderful. Read all about it and place your order, if you’re interested, at the Lodestar Books website.

The can’t better publisher’s blurb, which says: ‘Gloria Wilson has recorded, both afloat and ashore, the functional beauty of the fishing boat in both timber and steel—mainly of north-east Scotland (with a few craft from Yorkshire, where the artist now lives).’

Some of the vessels shown have subsequently been victims of fisheries legislation that demanded not just their decommissioning, but their destruction, and this book will be an especially interesting and poignant memory for those who knew them.

It’s therefore fitting that there’s a foreword by fishing boat and fisheries historian, and herring  and kipper advocate ‘Kipperman’ Mike Smylie.


Charles Napier Hemy, Victorian painter

Page through a wonderful – and wonderfully romantic – set of Victorian era paintings of mainly fishing  boats using the little arrows on the left and right of each frame.

Read about Charles Napier Hemy here. There are many more paintings here, here and here.