‘Harbour side, Irvine’

'Harbourside, Irvine', Oil, 30 x 30 cm

'Harbourside, Irvine'

 

‘Harbour side, Irvine’, Oil, 30 x 30 cm

This is one of the first paintings I did on setting up my studio at the Courtyard on Irvine harbour side about eight years ago.  I decided that it seemed appropriate to include it as Work of the week because as from the middle of last week, this scene no longer exists!  The wonderful old crane has been dismantled and moved to the yard at the Maritime Museum …it’s final fate no doubt depending on available funds.  But I’ve said enough about that on my blog.  This is the view showing the old crane and just beyond on the right, the Courtyard Studios building.  Indeed, my studio is now right at this end of the building.  About eighteen months ago an elderly gentleman came into my studio and after looking around for a few minutes, told me that this used to be his office ….I think he said that he had been a customs officer and the building used to be a customs office in the days that the harbour side was still used commercially.  One of the great things about having my studio ‘open’ to visitors is that you never know who will walk in.  Over the years I’ve met many local people who’ve told me a little of the history of this fascinating area.

 

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