Treasure Trove

 

Scott's Terra Hut showing stables and latrines

Scott’s Terra Hut showing stables and latrines.

Scotts hut is an absolute treasure trove of objects and personal items that very quickly became the focus of my paintings. So many potential painting subjects. Oh boy where to start ! Im thinking “Take it easy Sean, you have one shot at this so get on with your plan instead of racing around like a chook with its head chopped off”.

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Official stamp for Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition.

So, after the emotions settled down, the plan was to gradually work around the hut one area at a time and then focus in on the potential subjects. This was going to be challenging. Its dark, cold and very eerie. As I set about my work the detail of individual items began to emerge. This is when you have to keep your emotions in check as its about as close as you can possibly be to these remarkable men.

I always wonder who wore these lovely old boot's.

I always wonder who wore these lovely old boot’s.

The old leather boots with creases and folds in the leather. So personal like a second skin. Who did they belong to? Tin mugs, Toothbrushes, sewing kits.

Chain used to tether the dogs.

Chain used to tether the dogs.

What really got hold of me was the chain hanging up that was used to tether the dogs. It felt very sad. They are our loyal companions and this simple chain reminded me they were here to serve their masters once again in the the most hostile place on Earth.

Very moving.

Very moving.