Sunday, May 06, 2007

Towpath on the Grand Union Canal, Frogmore

Robin and Xavier went kayaking and Rufus and I walked alongside on the towpath. This is the home of Frogmore Mill and Apsley Mill – the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution, where the world’s first mechanised paper mill was made. On this stretch of the canal, there’s a notoriously grumpy swan who flies at the canoeists. He didn’t let us down today, to Xavier’s delight. The walk from the canoe club to the first lock is a mile long, which is where we turned round and walked/kayaked back. I then painted this whilst the other two messed about for a bit longer on the water.

255mm x 325mm pen and watercolour on Arches HP


Blogger Hashi said...

Great job on the perspective of the path. Towpaths are so English ... do they exist anywhere else? You make me want to come back to visit your beautiful country again.

5/06/2007 6:09 PM  
Anonymous shirley said...

I LOVE it and covet your trees and tree limbs!

5/06/2007 6:34 PM  
Blogger Lin said...

SUPER SUPER -- just a fantastically beautiful job!

5/06/2007 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have so many wonderful paths to walk in England, Julie, and I have dreamed of riding the old-time canal boats, and walking the towpaths part of the way. With your lovely painting I can pretend I am there. I'm glad that the swan did its thing for Xavier. I'll have to let my Connecticut friend, Charlotte, know about his latest adventure--she asks about him when she hasn't heard. How my little grandson would love to see that swan!

5/06/2007 7:07 PM  
Blogger caseytoussaint said...

Your drawings are so consistently good - I hope you publish a collection of them some day.

5/07/2007 6:36 AM  
Blogger Roberta S said...

julie, just had to stop by and tell you how lovely this picture is. I love being drawn in and that touch of red draws me in (even if the grumpy swan has flown away). You certainly worked magic with this watercolor.

5/07/2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Another picture of a green and pleasant land. A grumpy swan - I'd like to see that! My hometown is called Swan Hill, but there are no hills there. One pioneer adventurer camped there and was kept awake at night by swans. The Aboriginal name of the place is I think something about the place of the platypus or something.

5/07/2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Oh I love this, the tow path and the barge, well i suppose it is a barge. But I came home to green green too, thank goodness.

5/08/2007 4:30 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Beautiful - I love the water, the refelction - everything about this one. We used to walk a lot along the towpaths in Oxford - only problem was the dog poos.

5/08/2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Beautiful watercolour, Julie.

5/08/2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Oh wow, what a lovely bunch of comments to greet me. Now the funny thing is that I really, really wasn't that inspired by what I saw in front of me - I walked the length of the walk and back struggling to find something I wanted to paint and in the end I plumped for this because it was where we started and I thought that touch of red reflected in the water had possibilities. Penny they call these ones 'narrow boats'. Alison, luckily not too bad on this stretch.

5/08/2007 7:47 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

A picture a day keeps the doctor away.
Keep up the painting please!

5/09/2007 2:17 AM  

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