Hull Paintings – Корабни картини

On the skins of boats out of the water, boats that remind me of stuffed birds, I see accidental abstract images. I find in them, as you might too, do not be surprised, winter landscapes, galaxies, endless poppy fields somewhere in Flanders, the sad face of a ghost, fishes lost in the sea.

I started photographing details of the hulls of boats in boatyards in 2013, when we began touring the marinas and boatyards on the American east coast with an old RV, looking for a sailboat. Every time when we are in a boatyard I add new paintings to my collection.

I photographed the last three paintings – hulls# 26, 27 and 28 a few days ago in marina Puerto del Rey, Puerto Rico.

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По кожите на лодки извадени на сушата, лодки наподобяващи преприрани птици, забелязвам случайни абстрактни картини. Виждам, както може би и вие ще видите, не се учудвайте, зимни пейзажи, галактики, безкрайни макови полета във Фландрия, тъжното лице на призрак, риби изгубени в морето.

Започнах да снимам детайли от корпуси на лодки извадени на сушата за поправка още през 2013 година, когато обикаляхме източното крайбрежие на Америка с каравана и си търсихме лодка. Всеки път, когато отидем на сух док добавям нови картини към колекцията.

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hull# 26

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hull #27

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hull #28

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hull #36

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The Abstract Paintings of David Milton

We met David here, in 3D boatyard by pure accident. We literally stumbled upon him the first minute we came. He was working on his catamaran Ubuntu with protective goggles and a breathing mask, scraping the bottom of the boat, when we started asking him all kinds of questions. He was very polite, and answered them all.

We became friends instantly with him and the rest of his family.

We found out that he is an artist many days later. It is not something he is bragging about.

L.A. Layers, Large Format Series oil and acrylic on canvas by David Milton

L.A. Layers, Large Format Series
oil and acrylic on canvas
by David Milton

I always wanted to paint. But I started painting professionally late, when I was 40. I started in California, when I took part in a program to stimulate the artistic creative process; a program combining art and psychology using a technique called Stream of Consciousness. We started with writing exercises. For 30 minutes we just wrote whatever came to mind. No order, no thought. I wrote poetry using this technique. The next exercise was to fill a page with color in 15 minutes. No white space. It is how I started painting and developing my personal abstract style. 

Indian Market 1, South Africa Series mixed media on wood panels by David Milton

Indian Market 1, South Africa Series
mixed media on wood panels
by David Milton

When I paint, there is no thought in my head necessarily. I just start painting. I do it by reflex. If it feels right I put it on the canvas. It is very much a process, not a predetermined concept.  

Cross-Pollinate, 50-50 Series Mixed media on canvas by David Milton

Cross-Pollinate, 50-50 Series
Mixed media on canvas
by David Milton

But since we have been travelling, I have been inspired by the world that surrounds me: nature in the Caribbean; the underwater world; beautiful  sunsets. 

The Carnival Series, for example, was inspired by the energy of Grenada, the people, the festival.

Jump Up, Carnival Series mixed media on canvas by David Milton

Jump Up, Carnival Series
mixed media on canvas
by David Milton

For some reason, in Valencia I was struck by the strange angles of the roofs of buildings from different eras and how they related to each other.

Spacial Connection I, Valencia Series acrilic on canvass by David Milton

Spacial Connection I, Valencia Series
acrylic on canvass
by David Milton

Still, when I paint, I don’t think too much about any subject or concept. I just paint.

Asteroid Dance, Celestials Series mixed media on paper by David Milton

Asteroid Dance, Celestials Series
mixed media on paper
by David Milton

I love David’s paintings. I find them captivating and dangerously hypnotizing. I become weightless and start spinning looking at them, don’t you?

If you’d like to see more of David’s art, you can find it on his website at davidmilton.com

You can also read his Stream of Consciousness poems here.

All image copyrights reserved by David Milton

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