The Glenlee moved to its final berth outside the Riverside Museum in 2011, from just down river at the Pumphouse. Having already painted the ship, Michael decided on a different angle, as the angle of his previous work had a foreshortening effect, i.e. the ship appeared shorter than it was. The idea now was to paint the ship from the opposite bank of the River Clyde and incorporate the Riverside Museum.
The view of the ship’s starboard side highlights its full length and height, while the museum acted as a good backdrop as the dark glass windows emphasised the masts and deck. The water was calm with clear reflections, adding a sense of serenity to the scene. In addition, the multi-coloured flags on the rigging injected some colour, as did the ship’s hull.
Finally, to the left of the painting you can see the mouth of the River Kelvin flowing into the Clyde.
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