Attention All Shipping – a painting of the shipping forecast
High quality print of an original painting on 200gsm archival quality paper, printed with UV stable inks and signed by the artist. Comes to you rolled in a sturdy postal tube. Prices included P&P to UK addresses.
Choose either A1 size 594 x 841mm or A2 420 x 594mm
Greetings cardsA pack of three greetings cards of my painting Attention all shipping of the sea areas mentioned in the shipping forecast.£6.50
Attention All Shipping is a painting of the shipping forecast that combines my interest (some might say obsession) with maps, typography, nature and history. The idea came suddenly… it would be a rhapsody in blue and green that celebrates the factual beauty and stark poetry of the forecast.
The shipping forecast, it seems, is etched into the very DNA of everyone in Britain. The more I talked to people about it as I have researched and painted, the more I discovered that everyone is a fan. Its staccato delivery, the mystery of those magical names, and the concise lyrical quality of the facts conveyed have an appeal way beyond what they are broadcast for – to save lives at sea. It was the brainchild of Captain Robert FitzRoy, whose signature appears bottom left, and has been a staple of BBC radio broadcasts since the beginning of time.
In Attention All Shipping, I have included all the shipping areas except Trafalgar (apologies to purists!) which is too far south to sensibly appear on a sheet of A1 paper. And do not misconstrue the great swathes of rolling typography on the ‘land’ as value judgements of the areas they appear on. Although in places you may spot a little touch of humour. The Beaufort scale, which appears bottom right is a measure of the intensity of wind speed and it’s quoted daily on the forecast.
The green swirl, rising north from Malin is a phytoplanktonic bloom. (Google it and be amazed!) I’ve also put in whales and seabirds, fish and ships.
The shipping forecast is a daily prayer to remind us of our precarious position living on a small archipelago in the North Atlantic, and that we have no choice but to prepare for whatever the Great Meteological Forces throw at us. It’s humbling and wonderful.
“As a long time insomniac, I have listened to the Shipping Forecast many nights! Your painting will have pride of place in my bedroom.” – Pauline K, Lancashire