Sunday, 12 July 2015

"Sweet Thames run softly till I end my song." Edmund Spenser

I enjoy long distance hiking so I'm currently solo walking the River Thames tow path from the Thames barrier to the source in the Cotswolds (184 miles). Hoping to complete it in 12 stages. Last weekend I walked from Putney Bridge to Windsor which was 42 miles. The scenery was fabulous, I felt I was in another world down by the river. So I'm hoping to sketch my way along the Thames too.

Time and tide wait for no man.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

There's a sketch at every turn. (J. M. W. Turner)

Imagine my surprise this year when I stumbled across JMW Turner's 'Sheffield, from Derbyshire Lane' in the local gallery. He painted it during a visit to the city in 1797. I love Turner's work, so was very excited to know he had visited so close to the street I had grown up in, although my house was built in the 1890s, 100 years after his visit. The view hasn't changed much in over 200 years apart from cars on the hill rather than the horse.

A pen and watercolour study of Sheffield from Derbyshire Lane by JMW Turner