Galloway, part 1

JDunn - Swartbles and windmills - southeast JDunn - Swartbles and windmills - southwestThe Rhins of Galloway, a good place to get away when the world’s gone mad. It’s very green and peaceful, and the sheep don’t bother you.

Horse Chestnut Tree, Potternewton Park

Horse chestnut tree, Potternewton Park, Leeds 7This tree in my local park is wider than it’s tall. Two weeks ago, the candles were at their best. I’ve painted horse chestnuts in blossom for a few years – it’s not easy and this is my favourite attempt so far. I’ll have another go next year…

Horse Chestnut Tree, Potternewton Park, LS7

And Did Those Feet

Jerusalem, St Edmunds, LeedsThis is the View From Birkrigg Common. It’s hanging in a group show in Leeds called And Did Those Feet, an exhibition exploring William Blake’s poem, Jerusalem.

The inspiration for the picture came in March this year when I visited Birkrigg Common, Ulverston, Cumbria, and was struck by the panorama visible from the triangulation point.

Since then I have painted it several times, usually as a series of 4 interlocking images, that to me represent many of the elements of Blake’s Jerusalem:

View From Birkrigg Common I

1. England’s mountains green are there – the fells of the Lake District.

View From Birkrigg Common II

2. Ancient times have left traces such as the Bronze Age stone circle.

View From Birkrigg Common III

3. The pleasant pastures of Bardsea, with their sheep and lambs, look down on the purple sands of Morecambe Bay at low tide, and the island where monks built a holy chapel in the 14th Century.

View From Birkrigg Common IV

4. Here can be seen more clouded hills, and at the far right of the painting, Heysham nuclear power station – our latest version of a satanic mill.

The exhibition runs until 24th May 2016 at St Edmund’s Church, Lidgett Park Road, Leeds LS8 1JN. I’ll be there on Sunday 22nd May, 11:30am – 1pm, if you’d like to say hello and see my longest painting yet – it’s 10 feet wide.

Birkenhead Docks – Present and Future

Drawing from Tower Wharf of the East Float, one of Birkenhead's inland docks.

East Float, 2015

Standing at Tower Wharf in the chilly choppy wind, looking across East Float, one of Birkenhead’s inland docks.

The area is due for transformation in the Wirral Waters development project, a 30 year plan to regenerate the area.

In 2045, this could be the view…

Wirral Waters, East Float, 2045

East Float, 2045


Hope some one is around to comment.

No!

November dusk
No sun – no moon!
No morn – no noon!
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day –
No sky – no earthly view –
No distance looking blue –
No road – no street – no “t’other side this way” –
No end to any Row –
No indications where the Crescents go –
No top to any steeple –
No recognitions of familiar people –
No courtesies for showing ’em –
No knowing ’em!
No traveling at all – no locomotion –
No inkling of the way – no notion –
“No go” by land or ocean –
No mail – no post –
No news from any foreign coast –
No Park, no Ring, no afternoon gentility –
No company – no nobility –
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds –
November!

Thomas Hood
(1799-1840)