Sunday, 13 June 2010

The Gathering

The Gathering




Today in my other blog I mention the gathering of nations at the world cup. There you see the sense of pride and the different ways that nations show their support. I pointed out that Scotland never seems to manage to get a team through the qualifying stages of such events. We are a nation who is used to watching their sporting teams, “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

If we ever do manage to do anything of note we have a marvellous group of supporters. “The Tartan Army.” Used to facing defeat they are stoic in their expectations, but they know how to celebrate defeat with pride.

This painting was inspired by such a celebratory event. “The world pipe band championships.” A marvellous colourful event. The painting is abstract in nature trying to capture the feeling I had as I watched the event. The noise and the colours.

The painting sold very quickly and now hangs along with two others of my abstract paintings in a home in Dunfermline.

This blog is linked to my other. Supportive Parents

4 comments:

  1. I was reared watching World War 11 documentaries. My grandmother never failed to point out and applaud the heroics and bravery of the Scottish regiments on the battlefield. The only thing lacking was a Scots Hollywood to produce a movie extolling the pride and bravery of the Scots regiments! Don't know about sports, but I do know the sound of the bagpipes as they marched into battle inspired such fear in the enemy, the enemy turned tail and ran! Be proud!!

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  2. A very interesting painting !

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  3. Fabulous painting that just matches your words and thoughts beautifully, Ralph. Not surprised this is sold. And your defeat snatched from the jaws of victory could encompass the Illinois teams here in the U. S. We've had some victories in the past few years though. Hopefully my Scot brethren will soon too!

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  4. Congrats!. I see what your vision was, and i enjoy this style you create. I'm not a soccer "(football)" person. I have'nt followed. I do understand how big this has been for many people.
    I have placed my energys on the projects i have coming for my shows here, and i'm also doing wildlife relief efforts due to the Gulf Oil Crisis. I enjoy your paintings very much.
    Cheers.

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