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

 

Fire

Fire Memory 1, pencil drawing by Jo Dunn_2017

The fires in my garden were festive, exciting –
Stars and sparks mingling
Woodsmoke a spicy scent, in your hair lingering.

The fires in my fireplace were friendly, inviting –
Warming and mellowing music and wine
The glow in the hearth made your eyes gleam and shine.

But this was a fire that was bitter and frightening
It came uninvited
Rapacious as lightning
Tore through the house, left my life dark and hollow
Its flames soon extinguished
Then long-lasting sorrow.
Weeks of toil, months of mourning, confusion and grieving
And realisation of what is not here –
Then sweep up the ashes and dump what we’re leaving –
We’ll build a new bonfire
The first of the year.

Fire - animated gif by Jo Dunn 2018

Poem by TW

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral pencil drawing by Jo Dunn 2017‘One of the great buildings of the world’
– Sir John Betjeman

A dark and rainy winter afternoon last year. Liverpool Cathedral is a complicated and difficult building to draw. I was in my hometown to show paintings in ‘Who is My Neighbour?’, an exhibition about migration and refugee issues.

 

 

 

View from Pasture Lane, LS7

View from Pasture Lane, Chapel Allerton, LeedsMy new view walking home, looking across Chapel Allerton Park. I moved across the border to Leeds 7 a few weeks ago. The house is on a very steep hill but so far I’ve only fallen over once. There are lots of dogs and cats here.

 

Willow Tree, Chapel Allerton

Willow Tree, Chapel Allerton, Leeds 7It’s dark at 4 o’clock.
The willow tree is adorned with fairy lights
for the festive season.
Cars and people are on the move and
I’m drawing in a doorway.

Public toilets, Bramhope, Leeds

Public toilets, Bramhope - pencil drawing by Jo Dunn 2017Today is World Toilet Day, a UN initiative to highlight the global sanitation crisis. Over 4.5 billion people around the world live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. The consequences for health and child survival are severe.

These public toilets are in Bramhope, Leeds.

Data from the Great British Public Toilet Analysis indicates there are about 9000 public toilets left in the UK. Find your nearest convenience at The Great British Public Toilet Map.

See also:
Public Toilets, Woodhouse Moor
Public Toilets, New Brighton