The Clipper Ship Golden State Leaving Gibraltar by Dennis Melling

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A painting moulded and carved in plaster, on a wooden door salvaged from an old wooden catamaran, then painted in acrylic and real thread used in the rigging.

Golden State was built in 1853 by J.A. Westervelt in New York City.

The boom years of the Clipper Ship Era began in 1843 as a result of the growing demand for a more rapid delivery of tea from China. It continued under the stimulating influence of the discovery of gold in California and Australia in 1848 and 1851, and ended with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869


acrylic, clipper ship, gibraltar, golden state, sailing ship, traditional art, wooden ship, sea, ocean, tea, seascape

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    beautiful work Dennis!!

  • Thank you Charmiene :)
    Unfortunately I left it hanging (together with others of my paintings) in the Gibraltar Fine Arts Gallery.

    – Dennis Melling

  • andy551
    andy551over 3 years ago

    lovely colours and composition!!!!

  • Thank you Andy :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 3 years ago

    What a fantastic treatment, makes a stunning picture.

  • Thank you very much Sue :)
    I thoroughly enjoyed my acrylic painting days but now my art is by graphite and/or coloured pencil and digital painting.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    Featured Work FEBRUARY 15th, 2011


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  • Thank you very much Mary :)
    Ships, whether it be in photographs, paintings, or drawings, have always been my favourite subjects.
    To see this work in a permanent feature gallery is a real bonus :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Margaret Sanderson
    Margaret Sande...over 3 years ago

    Very unusual composition, and so effective. Stunning result and well done Dennis!

  • Thank you very much Margaret :)
    When I painted/sculpted this ship I was very adventurous in my media and would paint on anything that suited the subject.
    This included the ends of wooden logs, table tops and tiles.
    My media is now drawing in graphite and coloured pencil, photography and digital art.

    – Dennis Melling

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends Group

  • Many thanks Cee :)
    It is really wonderful to have ‘Golden State’ featured.
    Best wishes

    – Dennis Melling

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature Dennis!

  • Thank you very much Deborah and congratulations to you too :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 3 years ago

    A really tremendous creation!!!! Congratulations on being featured!!!!, Bill

  • Thank you very much indeed and congratulations on your Cee feature ‘The Return’ :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Catherine Fenner
    Catherine Fennerabout 3 years ago

    How unique and interesting! Congratulations on your features.

  • Thank you very much Catherine :)
    Glad you like it.

    – Dennis Melling

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 3 years ago

  • Very many thanks Robyn :)
    I used to love doing this mixed media when I had lots of time recovering from a bypass operation. I used to find lots of suitable ‘canvases’ in the skips and on beaches in Gibraltar :)

    – Dennis Melling

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