Trent & Mersey Canal at The Haywoods.
One of the many drawings that I completed yesterday on a local sketching trip with my daughter. Waterways are packed with interesting things to draw, not too many boats around mind you. I opted for black Indian ink for this one, and my favourite rigger brush, plunging straight in as always, using this lovely A4 Tan Strathmore paper. I was immediately taken with this scene, and although I have sketched here many times, it always inspires me. I particularly like the old bridge to the left, foot traffic only of course, and what a great shape it makes from this angle, the shadow helped enhance it enormously. I dropped a touch of white gouache on the cottage which was white anyway, just to give the composition a focal point. I’m working from a narrow cattle bridge by the way, not standing on the water! This will make a large, perhaps panoramic oil painting at some point. These sketches are a great reference for later work. Plenty more to post, lock gates, more bridges and so on, I hope you
About the Artist
Having studied fine art and graphics at both Stafford and Derby college, my career working as a graphic artist and latterly as editorial artist with Northcliffe Media Ltd, has kept me constantly in touch with all aspects of art and design. Painting mainly in oils, acrylics and watercolour, my…View full profile