Sea paintings - 'The Law of Storms'
Three paintings based on drawings made near Burrastow, the west side of Shetland. 
A wild day of south-easterly winds, so strong I could hardly stand up, bringing vast waves crashing over the skerries.
It was the day I lost my rucksack holding all my drawings and materials; it was blown into the air and claimed by the sea. 
The Law of Storms I,  Burrastow, Shetlan
The Law of Storms II, Burrastow, Shetland
The Law of Storms III. Burrastow, Shetla

I have called these paintings the law of storms having come across a book by Henry Piddington, an English sea captain who sailed in east India and China, and wrote a book describing his studies in meteorology of tropical storms and hurricanes. From his observations of ships caught in storms he noted the circular winds around a calm centre ran anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. He introduced the name 'cyclone'. His book 'The Horn-Book for the Law of Storms for the Indian and China Seas' was first published in 1844.

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The book contained a 'Storm Card - a translucent sheet (originally made of horn) showing a diagram of a cyclone; this could be placed on a map enabling wind directions to be compared by any sailor in order to identify a cyclone, and having done so, take a tacking course to avoid it.