Monday, 25 October 2010

Trees, rushing water and an apology.

Firstly, to my fellow bloggers, an apology. I haven't had a great amount of free time of late and that hasn't only impacted on my time for painting and drawing, but has seriously affected my ability to get round all the blogs I like to follow. I have selfishly found a few moments here and there to post an old picture or two to my blog, just to try and keep things 'ticking over', but not the time for reading other blogs as much as I would like.

Thankfully that is changing now. I managed to get away for a nice break last week and my ever-tollerant wife (bless her heart) made sure I had plenty of time for my art. Though I could have painted all week long, I tried not to take too much advantage of her thoughfulness, but I did manage a few hours every day, hence the recent postings of the Coal Mine and Sherwood Forest.

Here is another watercolour I did last week. I confess to 'fiddling' with this one a lot as I just couldn't get the trees right - I'm just no good at trees. The subject is called "The Strid" and it is where the normally calm flowing River Whare in Yorkshire funnels through a narrow channel carved in the rocks.
My other big passion is photography and I took plenty of photo's on holiday, especially when we visited the zoo, so don't be surprised to see a few animal photo's posted in the near future.


  1. I don't know what you are talking about by not being able to paint trees John, this is a marvelous attempt at painting a wood. The water too, cascading down the rocks is very convincing though there is an absence of spray (which could still be added with a little white gauche providing you don't overdo it).
    This is a good painting.

  2. Thanks Frank.

    It's an interesting observation you make about spray. I hadn't thought about it as there isn't any spray whatsoever in the reference photo, but now you've mentioned it a touch of spray might add something to the painting.

  3. It's great John! No wonder your wife is keen for you to paint - you are good at it, so keep doing it - as much as possible!