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.

 

 

 

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

 

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.