So pleased to be back on the Severn Way last weekend after eight months resting a foot injury; crossing the border from Wales into England and covering twenty five miles of stunningly beautiful countryside.
Happy New Year and so with that in mind why not set yourself a simple goal and go sketching, on-site, just once a month. It's great for the mind, body and soul and it only need take a couple of hours. If you fancy having a go then here are a few tips.
1. Travel light. Pare down your materials as much as possible.
2. Have a location in mind and set yourself a time limit, say two hours.
3. Begin with a warm up sketch then get cracking on your chosen subject.
4. Relax and enjoy the moment!
I picked a good weekend in April to continue my journey down The Severn. I met more wonderful people who all had fascinating stories to tell about their emotional ties with the river including a lovely lady and her Jack Russell; see the sketch on my video. She reminded me why I have such a strong connection with my subject.
I completed the next leg of my journey along the river two weeks ago enjoying much better weather and some stunning scenery.
Starting at Rhyd-y-benwch in the Hafren forest I followed the Severn Way for a further seventeen miles to Caersws leaving just 200 miles to the sea.
I hope you enjoy my next installment and please feel free to share it with friends and family on social media.
This year I'm going to be exploring the river from source to sea and through the seasons, travelling on foot and in my homebuilt canoe, hoping to rediscover a subject I've been painting for the past 20 years.
You can follow my journey every month as the story unfolds, concluding with my Spirit of The Severn exhibition in December.
Warhol to Walker: Nine American Prints from Pop to Today at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery. Finishes 6th January. I visited this morning and found it to be a fascinating insight into the world of print making. Although a small and intimate exhibition, I relished being in the company of a few icons and some personal favourites; Jim Dine being one of them. It's not far away and it's free!
You could be forgiven for thinking I was ice fishing, yesterday, but I was, instead, sketching an old oak tree that I frequently pass on my way to the river, not far from home.
It was minus eleven when I checked the thermometer, shortly after breakfast, rising to a balmy, minus eight by the time I had captured this scene.
When the weather is this cold I travel light. I keep a few sticks of charcoal in my pocket, carry a lightweight seat and a small sketchbook and then enjoy the moment!