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.
That day I lost my rucksack holding all my drawings and materials; blown into the air and claimed by the sea.
The Law of Storms I Burrastow, Shetland. SOLD
oil on canvas 48"x60"
Law of Storms II', Burrastow, Shetland, oil on canvas 48" x 60"
on show at Kilmorack Gallery
The Law of Storms III. Burrastow, Shetland. SOLD
oil on canvas 150x120cm
Henry Piddington, an English sea captain who sailed in east India and China, wrote a book Law of Storms 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.