Under Lockdown Skies

Under Lockdown Skies - original watercolour painting by Jo Dunn 2020View from the Park drawing iii by Jo Dunn 2020This second lockdown is hard.
The longest month in history? – and still 12 days to go.

 

 

 

Catching a Pike

A fishing memory… from 1972, summer holiday on Lake Windermere.
It bent the rod double – nobody thought I could hold it…
Woke up recently with this in my head.
I asked dad about it, and he sent me the slide below…

We gave the pike to the girls on the next boat,
and they cooked it for their tea.

 

 

Plague of Locusts

Jo Dunn - Plague of Locusts 1Locusts like damp conditions to lay eggs. Heavier rain than usual has caused a boom in the locust population. The swarms are devastating crops across East Africa and the Middle East, threatening the food supplies and livelihoods of millions of people.

Jo Dunn - Plague of Locusts 2Use of pesticides is the only way of controlling the locust outbreak, but current flight restrictions due to coronavirus are impeding supplies to the region.

Jo Dunn - Plague of Locusts 3

 

 

 

House Portrait #58

House Portrait #58 i - pencil drawing by Jo Dunn 2020 House Portrait #58 ii - pencil drawing by Jo Dunn 2020A recent commission was to draw this house in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
It was built 200 years ago, in 1820 – the same year that Anne Brontë was born and HMS Beagle first launched.

Anne Bronte - pencil drawing by Jo Dunn 2020

Anne Brontë

HMS Beagle - pencil drawing by Jo Dunn 2020

HMS Beagle in the Strait of Magellan

Click here to find out more about my House Portraits.

 

 

Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

Jo Dunn Whitley Bay II pencil drawing 2019Jo Dunn pencil drawing Whitley Bay I

Drawn in about 3°C last weekend. To the north, St Mary’s Lighthouse and wind turbines. Looking south, Cypriot registered cargo ship, Imavere, at anchor.

 

 

Emley Moor Transmitters

Emley Moor Mast and Termporary Transmitter

Emley Moor Mast and Temporary Transmitters pencil drawing 2019

Repairs are currently being undertaken at Emley Moor transmitting station near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and there is a temporary mast alongside the 1971 concrete construction.

This is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK (1,084ft). Also a Grade II listed building.

The antennas broadcast digital radio and TV across the North of England – reaching Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York, and even Manchester, across the Pennines.

It takes 7 minutes in the lift to get to the top – I hope to take that ride one day.

 

 

Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines, watercolour painting by Jo Dunn 2019Woke up with this in my mind’s eye a couple of weeks ago. Not surprising – turbines are on the increase!

Below is a view from East Leeds, looking West – turbines are part of the landscape, near and far. You can also see the new Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) building in LS9.

View from Temple Newsam Road III, drawing by Jo Dunn 2019