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Shallow moorings by Freda Surgenor

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This is a painting of old working boats moored on the Georges River in Sydney, Australia.
It is painted in watercolour on paper.

I love old working boats. These are full of character and age. They belonged to the fishing boats that plied Botany Bay before fishing was banned there due to depleted stocks. I used to go down to the moorings both first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening when you get completely different light on the boats.

And in the evening you were rewarded by the sound of the fishermen calling to each other as they prepared for the night’s fishing.

Now they are gone and I do miss them. Fortunately I have many photos to remind me of those days.

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  • psyme
    psymeover 7 years ago

    I Love this Freda, I can almost feel the water around my ankles. Very evocative of the nautical world, and the water is just stunning.

  • Kayleen West
    Kayleen Westabout 7 years ago

    What a fantastic composition!

  • Bill Proctor
    Bill Proctorabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

  • Arie
    Arieover 6 years ago

    Fantastic colours and composition!

  • Thank you very Arie, and thanks for adding me to your watchlist

    – Freda Surgenor

  • Arie
    Arieover 6 years ago

  • Elisabeta Hermann
    Elisabeta Hermannalmost 5 years ago

    To your beautiful ARTWORK!
    Please be a member of Café.
    We are looking forward having your OUTSTANDING PAINTINGS exhibited in our Gallery!
    Betty Hermann,

  • Oh dear, Elizabeta, my work, I’m afraid is not impressionism.

    My work is ultra realism.
    So, sorry, I will have to decline your kind request.

    – Freda Surgenor

  • Elisabeta Hermann
    Elisabeta Hermannalmost 5 years ago

    Dear Freda, thank you for your replay, I know very well where to classify your wonderful work; our group is not only about IMPRESSIONISM, if you would like to check it out:
    Impressionism Café, this is our group’s name, embraces primarily traditionally Hand-Painted and Hand-Drawn impressionist art as well as contemporary and modern impressionist art, etc…etc…
    If you reconsider, you are welcome to join our Group any time.
    Betty Hermann,
    Please click on the Banner, will take you directly to our Group

  • Oooo, yes, I’ve just had a look and Violin Girl is very realistic and not impressionistic at all.
    I would be delighted to join, I’ll go and do it now.
    Thank you again for the invitation.

    – Freda Surgenor

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