My favourite Sportsmen, The European PGA players, are golfing this weekend in Scotland, on the legendary Saint Andrews course. It had always been my dream to golf in Scotland, but it never came true, although some concrete plans had been made. But today I must say, after my 4 weeks experience in Scotland 2 years ago, where it was raining cats and dogs all the time, I have abandoned this dream. And to prove me right, the third day of the Championship yesterday, has been cancelled because of
“Gale forces winds across the north and east of Scotland have forced the abandonment of Saturday’s planned third round in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship…”
Anyway. I made some sketches on the first 2 days, and here are some of the resulting paintings. I am aware that this European PGA golf series, which I started about 4 weeks ago now, are not in my current style, less wild, more classical. But somehow if I want to feature the golf courses where the tournaments take place, I have to stay quite realistic in my painting style. There would be surely a less classical way, but I would need more time for that, and I haven’t got it: first because there is a tournament each week, and I have other things to do (like for example following the tournaments!) than to reflect about a golf painting style, and second and more importantly, because I never reflect about how to paint something, I just do it, following my impulses and inspirations.
For example, I loved the following scene, but I am not sure that the putting player in the background loved it too… it is well-known that golfers are very sensitive to any kind of noises… I am sure they would classify pipe music as noise too when they are trying to concentrate themselves.
Well, this really very classical painting, I wouldn’t believe myself that it comes from me! Although, when one looks closer, it looks quite messy in some places… I had neither the time nor the patience to take more care of it! 🙂
So, I am gone now, I have to see if the weather is better today in Saint Andrews and if yes, I will sit down in my wonderful armchair (that we bought as surplus from a new Lap-Dancing club) and watch golf for hours and hours… Heaven!