Alastair Houston Artist

Alastair Houston Artist Marine Watercolourist Alastair Houston

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21/10/2020
Elena in a breeze

Elena is one of the most spectacular yachts afloat, the story is rather special too! Originally built in 1910 she won the coveted Transatlantic race in 1928. American yacht designer Herreshoff at his peak designed the fastest boats on the water including defenders of the Americas Cup yachts. Scottish Professional yachtsman Charlie Barr from Gourock skippered several of these large racing yachts during his career in that era and became a legend in the yachting world. Elena eventually was broken up for scrap in 1954 becoming another relic of ‘The Great Days of Yachting’
The story wasn’t over though, during the resurgence of interest in Classic yachts in the 1990s talented yachting professionals were running some beautifully restored classics. like his famous predecessor of that other era ‘canny’ Scott Steve McLaren had the dream and skills to take on such a massive recreation, all the more impressive as the project had to be started from nothing, so Finance, design from original drawings and rebuild were all achieved when she was launched again in 2009 in Galicia , Spain. Now based in San Remo , Italy she is seen at most of the Med and Caribbean regattas and is a sight to behold when reaching off with 1800m of canvass up.
In this scene she is heading on the final reaching leg of the Regattes Royalles in a silvery bay of Cannes in a breeze.
#alastairhouston.com #Elena of London #watercolour #regattes royalle #voilles de st tropez #yachting

28/09/2020
The Lady Anne, St Tropez

Heres my latest painting of Lady Anne readying for a start at the Voilles de St Tropez. In this painting i used a technique that gives softening effect and nuances, its the first time i have tried this. The technique was used by the master Arthur Melville, he pre soaked the paper in diluted Chinese white, working into wet surface sponging out superfluous detail. I will try more with this technique and post results.

23/08/2020
12m class at limit

Thanks to Oliver Berking for great hospitality and event at Flensburg Sailing Club for 12m class racing Robbe & Berking Sterling cup. This morning just before the windward mark a rain squall put paid to continuing racing! Not long after this video chaos amount of wind!!!! all handled well by crews.

05/06/2020
Schooner 'Sunshine' at St Tropez

Heres my latest painting of ‘Sunshine’ Her story is a remarkeable one both originally and in recent years. Originally built in 1900 but gone. I met up with Peter Wood and a visit to the transport museum in Glasgow. Peter said he was looking for some adventure and a project! (which was and still is his forte!) As we got round to the model section there was 'Sunshine' he proclaimed 'Thats the one' and with great tanacity and skill he set about building this fine vessel once again. She was completed after a fantastic effort in Burma and sailed back to the Med where she is today.

08/05/2020

View to Moneglia, Liguria Italy.

12/11/2019

Thanks to Roberto Olivieri for the commission to paint 'Barabara' along with this commission i made the trip to Viareggio for the Vela Storiche regatta, this event was a fantastic gathering of classics and 'modern classics' including yachts from the 70s. Barbara is a Charles Nicholson designed 52ft yawl originaly built in 1923. She was restored at the Francesca del Carlo shipyard in Viareggio over 4 years from 2014.

24/10/2019
San Miniato

Heres my finished painting of San Miniato in Tuscany.

Working on a painting of San Miniato, Tuscany.
12/10/2019

Working on a painting of San Miniato, Tuscany.

04/10/2019

Hello St Tropez

04/10/2019

Heres the result, my painting of Ester

Fantastic trip to Villefranche , to photograph Ester, to make a painting of her and to meet up with friends. Thanks to a...
04/10/2019

Fantastic trip to Villefranche , to photograph Ester, to make a painting of her and to meet up with friends. Thanks to all for a great time.

30/06/2019

Heres my latest painting progress of Tuiga at Portofino.

13/05/2019

heres my latest commission of the 15m class after a downwind start at St Tropez.

Latest painting of Ventimiglia
04/01/2019

Latest painting of Ventimiglia

24/09/2018

Heres my latest painting progress of the Seine in Autumn. My idea was to add depth with the shadows of the trees on the water.

14/08/2018

Heres my latest travel inspired painting of Venice Grand Canal. This is a limited edition of 95 of which 25 are 'outsize' 1m x 1.5. Signed numbered in watercolour and stamped with artists emboss.
For this travel series to enhance the colour saturation Canson infinity 310gms paper is used, this is the ultimate for solid colour representation. 100% Rag and acid free. Combined with Ultrachrome 11 colour lightfast inks in the printing process.
For more info see www.alastairhouston.com

27/06/2018

Delighted to be producing a new series of travel inspired paintings depicting beautiful places, the idea is to use colour saturation and simplified colour palets to enhance the visual impact. The series will consist of 20 originals and a small limited run of each. 95 Iris prints 25 of which will be oversize 1m x 1.5m. More at www.alastairhouston.com

22/06/2018

Heres my latest watercolour progress.

Thanks very much to DIMC and Mohamed Hareb, for the fantastic hospitality during the 2018 Al Gaffal race. A record entry...
19/05/2018

Thanks very much to DIMC and Mohamed Hareb, for the fantastic hospitality during the 2018 Al Gaffal race. A record entry of 127 Dhows in the 60ft class

Delighted to be here at Harvey Nichols, Gallery One.
26/04/2018

Delighted to be here at Harvey Nichols, Gallery One.

Meet the Artist - Alastair Houston at Harvey Nichols in Mall of the Emirates
#artineverything #galleryone #harveynichols #alastairhouston #meettheartist #fineart #art #watercolour #creative #design #dubai #uae Harvey Nichols Dubai

Delighted to be working with 'Gallery One' they have produced a 2018 Calendar featuring my latest UAE paintings their we...
21/11/2017
Gallery One | Art in Everything

Delighted to be working with 'Gallery One' they have produced a 2018 Calendar featuring my latest UAE paintings their website is www.G-1.com they have also featured some of my new collection 'Reflections of Arabia' See the full collection also on my www.alastairhouston.com site under UAE and Dhow.

24/08/2017

A few years ago Bo Eriksson told me about a boat called 'Ester' built in 1901 which had sank to the bottom of the sea in the 1950s near his home town in the north of Sweden. Nobody knew the exact location as it had been so long, in fact it had become more of a story or myth.

Bo told me that he intended to find Ester, i thought t was a crazy idea looking for a boat under the sea that had dissapeared decades ago but he persisted with his efforts using side sonar etc.

A few years passed and i got the phonecall 'Ive found it' Not only did he raise the boat (from a depth of 120 ft) but is now making fantastic progress completely restoring 'Ester' to original! What a fantastic story. I have made this painting of her using some old plans. Bo intends to have her sailing in 2018 and visit the classic Med circuit in 2019.

15/05/2017

Al Gaffal 2017
Special thanks to Adil Khalid, great privilidge to sail onboard with a 2 x Volvo ocean racer, very kind allowing me to helm on the practice, a very trusting fellow!!!

Very kind hospitality at the Al Gaffal long distance race. Thanks to Dubai International Marine Club. This yearly event ...
15/05/2017
Alastair Houston Limited Edition Art Work Prints Official Site

Very kind hospitality at the Al Gaffal long distance race. Thanks to Dubai International Marine Club. This yearly event saw 120 60ft class boats racing the 50 mile course from Sir Bu Nayer Island to Dubai marina.
#dimc #dxb #marineart #alastairhouston.com

Collections of limited edition fine art prints by fine art artist Alastair Houston. All artworks are signed numbered titled and embossed with the artists stamp.

Timeline Photos
29/04/2017

Timeline Photos

29/04/2017
Not too far away, should get it finished tommorow. He said!!!!!
28/04/2017

Not too far away, should get it finished tommorow. He said!!!!!

Finally making some progress on my second attempt at Villefranche sur Mer. The idea here is to go for colour saturation ...
26/04/2017

Finally making some progress on my second attempt at Villefranche sur Mer. The idea here is to go for colour saturation as the final image is intended as artwork for a poster.

Timeline Photos
21/04/2017

Timeline Photos

Begining to get there with the drawing of this second attempt. All good fun. The idea is to create a painting that might...
20/04/2017

Begining to get there with the drawing of this second attempt. All good fun. The idea is to create a painting that might be used as a poster for the Trophee Pasqui once the painting is complete then there will be graphics and text added to the border. Lets see!!!

Progressing a bit
19/04/2017

Progressing a bit

'Villefranche sur Mer' take two! Sometimes you have to start again.
18/04/2017

'Villefranche sur Mer' take two! Sometimes you have to start again.

05/04/2017
Villefranche sur Mer in progress #watercolour#painting#art#alastairhouston.com
31/03/2017

Villefranche sur Mer in progress #watercolour#painting#art#alastairhouston.com

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