House Portrait #199

pencil drawing of a houseOur house, is a very, very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy, ’cause of you…

House Portrait #40

House Portrait #40 pencil drawing by Jo Dunn“I believe that much unseen is also here.”

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

Public toilets, Woodhouse Moor, Leeds

Public toilets, Woodhouse Moor LS6
Today is World Toilet Day, a UN program to draw attention to the sanitation crisis. 1-in-3 people in the world don’t have a clean, safe toilet!

These public toilets at Hyde Park corner in LS6 are now disused – a slash in the Council’s budget, we assume.

There are about 8000 public toilets left in the UK.

See also:
Public toilets, New Brighton, Wirral
Public toilets, Sea Palling, Norfolk

Chapel Allerton Arts Trail 2015

Chapel Allerton Arts Trail 2015 is underway! A good opportunity to see art work by local artists in your area!

I have 4 paintings at The Mustard Pot on Stainbeck Lane, LS7. You can also see work by James Bywood and Amanda Burton. The Mustard Pot is a friendly venue with a lovely garden, tea and coffee, real ale and award-winning food – not to mention the award winning artists…

The Arts Trail has been organised by Inkwell and is on until 12th September.

Chapel Allerton Arts Trail 2015 at The Mustard Pot

 

Cars go by

Gledhow Valley Road, LeedsCars go by.
They cannot see
the yellow spots.
Only the walkers –
the dog walkers,
the lonely walkers,
the walkers in love –
Only the nature lovers,
the poets,
the artists looking for inspiration –
Only the commuters taking short cuts and
the school children
on their way home
can see
the yellow spots.

~

Felling of the beech wood Save Gledhow Valley Woods
FGVW minutes January 2015 (see Selective Tree Felling section)

Spot the difference

Trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, marked with yellow dots in a proposed Leeds city council private finance initiative felling plan.

Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Also known as the combat tree. Because camouflage is the art of not being seen, practised by predators, prey, plants… and soldiers.

Saving the Beech Wood
Management proposals – Friends of GV Woods

Thirteen spots

Yellow spots spray painted on beech trees in Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Gledhow Valley Woods, Leeds

Beech trees in the local woods, marked with yellow dots in a proposed felling plan. I think the spots are giving the trees stronger identities…

Links:
Felling of the Beech Wood – Save Gledhow Valley Woods
Management Plan – Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods

The Lodge House

Thorn Lodge I
Thorn Lodge drawing
I was commissioned to make a portrait of this former lodge house, built in 1888 by Sir Charles Ryder, one of the original partners of Tetley’s Brewery. I drew the house a few times before I painted it. In the middle of one drawing about 300 or 400 geese flew overhead, very high up. They flew and honked their way west in a giant V-formation that changed shape as they went – but they didn’t make it into the painting.

Thorn Lodge drawing

Thorn Lodge II

Thorn Lodge, Roundhay