We cycled down to Bristol Docks this afternoon. It was actually sunny and warm and the docks were buzzing with people walking, cycling, chatting at cafés. There were buskers playing music and boats bobbing on the water. It really was Bristol at its best.
I’ve wanted to paint one of the 4 remaining cranes at Bristol Docks for a while but I only photographed them today. I really wanted to show off the vivid range of colour that was shimmering in the sunlight today so I used a bit of artistic licence and this is what I painted:
There were originally 40 such cranes on the city dockside, now there are only 4. They had their heyday in the 1950s and were last used in the 1970s. In 2001 a group of volunteers raised funds to enable the 4 remaining cranes to be restored. For more information about the history of these cranes, click here.
Here are some of the photos that I took today: