Time and Tide Bell ~ #200Fish

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

#200Fish is a community project to create works of art based on each of the species of fish found in the North Sea

To learn more and find out how to join the project click here.

Fish #185 Atlantic Mackerel Scomber scombrus ~ Karen Hoyle

Painted Silk 38 x 53 cm

Atlantic Mackerel

Morning tide, sun begins to rise
Anticipation ...of the shoal to arrive
Cast the lures, rhythmically retrieve before it all...
Kicks off!
Explosive excitement
Rod nods intensify with each reel
Eventually revealing their magnificence in the shallows
Landed, barbecue and bait, it was worth the wait.

Fish #185 Shoal of Atlantic Mackerel Scomber scombrus ~ David Andrews

Fish #185 Atlantic Mackerel Scomber scombrus ~ Lynda Parker

Digital photography manipulation

I live in Blyth, Northumberland on the Northeast coast. The mackerel is synonymous with my summers both as a child and an adult. We have spent many hours sat at the end of the pier watching the sun rise and trying the 'spin' for this beautiful (and very tasty) fish. For us, the first sight of the sand eels it feasts on is a sign that Summer is here. As a photographer and artist, the colours and pattern of their skin fascinates me.

Fish #185 Atlantic Mackerel Scomber scombrus ~ Janet Swift

Watercolour and goache 20 x 28 cm


'Mac' Mackerel was a swarthy fish,
He'd swum in oceans foreign.
From Aberdeen came his whelk-shell hat
And from Mablethorpe his sporran.

Miranda was a stunning lass
Who stood out in a shoal.
Their fish-eyes met, they fell in love,
This wedding was their goal!

Sea horses were her bridesmaids here,
(Best friends since they were girls).
They held aloft her floating veil
And much admired her pearls.

The seabed folk all came to watch.
Small fish swam from the shores.
The peacock worms all waved about,
The crabs they clicked their claws!

But HARK! What makes that beauteous ring
That welcomes groom and bride?
Why, an underwater replica
Of the bell of TIME and TIDE!

Rejoicing on the North Sea bed,
Such food! - so many dishes!
(You need reliable caterers
When there are 200 Fishes.! )

Fish #185 Atlantic Mackerel Scomber scombrus ~ Fiona Gurney

Glass mosaic 29 x 53 cm

For Sale

Mackerel with their wavy patterned skin and iridescent flashes of colour translate well into mosaic, light glints off the shards of glass, always shiny as if fresh from the sea.

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Lincolnshire Time and Tide Bell Community Interest Company is a not-for profit organisation, registered at Companies House. Company Number 10934941