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A moment in time 3469 views on 14/12/2014

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My acrylic painting of the frigate HMS Boreas, captained by Horatio Nelson, leaving Gibraltar. Painted on canvas paper, framed and hung in the ‘Gibraltar Fine Arts Gallery’ (Original Sold)

In 1784, as captain of HMS Boreas, Nelson made his mark on the Caribbean as a staunch enforcer of England’s Navigation Acts. Assigned to English Harbour in Antigua, Nelson soon established himself as a force to be reckoned with when it came to illegal trading between the English colonies in the Caribbean and traders from the United States. His early assignment to Antigua, in command of H.M.S. Boreas, first brought him to Nevis in 1785.

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  • Andre Hote
    Andre Hoteabout 4 years ago

    Dennis, there are many things I like about this one, color, composition,subject. However, there is a strong dichotomy between the coarse texture of sea, sky and island and the finely delineated ship, and it does not quite blend, looking more like a collage. It is a pity, since the rest is perfect. Don’t take my word for granted. Just my view !

  • You have a good eye Andre :)
    When I was at college I studied Technical & Engineering Drawing and when I sketched and painted this frigate (and other similar subjects) I was using all these skills to produce an accurate scale drawing. (very time consuming)
    This is set in a background (in most cases) that is ’otherworldly :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Carol2
    Carol2about 4 years ago

    Fantastic composition!!

  • Many thanks Carol :)

    Very glad that you like this. I no longer have my acrylic paints and brushes and so my new art is done with pencils and digits :)


    – Dennis Melling

  • Loretta Marvin
    Loretta Marvinabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You have been featured in The Challenge Corner! The feature banner will be ready by the time the next features are posted. Sorry for not having it sooner.

  • Many , many thanks :)

    Your message arrived on Christmas morning and was really a special gift from Santa :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning painting.

  • Many thanks Sue :)
    Old wooden sailing ships and boats are my favourite subjects to paint & draw.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 4 years ago


    Please enter our Daily Doubles Monthly Challenge

    Irene and David

  • Thank you very much Irene :)
    I will enter the monthly challenge.

    – Dennis Melling

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago
  • Many thanks for featuring HMS Boreas :)
    Best regards

    – Dennis Melling

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    June 26th, 2011
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  • Thank you very much for featuring HMS Boreas Mary :)
    Much appreciated.

    – Dennis Melling

  • phoenixpixx
    phoenixpixxover 3 years ago

    C-0-0-L !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much.
    Your comments are very welcome.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 3 years ago

    Lovely painting, Dennis.

  • Many thanks Sue :)
    Your comments are always welcome.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Rob Beilby
    Rob Beilbyover 3 years ago

    Very nice painting Dennis, as an ex “Matelot” who served in HM Navy many years ago and went through Gib many times your painting is excellent, as is the HMS Victory. I can see why you get lots of features, you deserve them… Rob Beilby

  • Gosh a real ‘Matelot’ :)
    I was actually RAF aircrew but gave that up very early on. For most of the time between 1986 and 2008 I was a live-aboard ‘yachtie’, hence my interest in all things ships (especially wood).
    I spent 8 years working in Gibraltar and living on my yacht (plus painting pictures) until I married a Romanian and moved to Romania in 2008.
    Now I just draw pictures of ships & boats :)
    Many thanks for your comments, they are very much appreciated.

    – Dennis Melling

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