“This is the origin of the game, golf in its purest form, and it’s still played that way on a course seemingly untouched by time. Every time I play here, it reminds me that this is still a game.” -Arnold Palmer
I don’t know of a more legendary layout than the Old Course at St. Andrews Links. It’s the oldest and most well known course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge, noted in the foreground of the painting, was once used to herd sheep over 700 years ago. The R&A building is featured in the left background with the Hamilton Grand to the right.
(See a glimpse at the creation of this painting in it’s “behind the scenes” feature film here.)
In September, 2020, the painting was started with a reference photo taken by Reimar Gaertner (permission to use the photo granted) with a sketch in charcoal and pastel.
An imprimatura wash was then applied for tonality.
Then, layer by layer, starting with the sky and followed by the distant background, the painting was built, and then finished with details added to the bridge, fairway and green.
While many of us will just have to keep the Old Course at St. Andrews Links on our bucket list until traveling opens back up, one benefit of having a painting in your home is that you can visit it anytime you want.
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Watch the feature film here.
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