Whilst settled in Droitwich Spa for the winter I have been doing quite a lot of painting and sketching. Earlier last year when we were travelling near Rugby we met a boating couple who asked me to paint their dog. She's a lovely affectionate rescue dog, Tasha. They didn't have any decent photos of her so I snapped this one just as it was starting to rain and Tasha was going back inside their boat. Unfortunately we had to travel on and didn't see them again, but if we ever do I'll give them this painting which I've recently finished. Oil on canvas 12" x 15"
Wednesday 10th October – 19th October We stayed in Worcester for 9 days – 7 days longer than we were supposed to because we were waiting to see if we could get a winter mooring in Diglis Basin which looks like a very nice place to stay. Jackie, the woman that works there, said that she would find out and let us know. In the event, while we were waiting on tenterhooks to find out, she had blissfully forgotten all about us and when we spoke to her on the 18th - the longest we could have left it - she said there were no spaces, sorry!.. Nevertheless we enjoyed our stay in Worcester – a rich tapestry of a city even if it may be fraying a little at the edges... Friar Street is the best - a beautiful old cobbled street full of tudor buildings housing cosy restaurants, pubs and expensive shops. The view on top of the hill in Royal Fort Park where we took Molly in the mornings encompassed the whole city and the Malvern Hills in the distance - breathtaking! Whilst we were in Worcester we had to do our washing in the launderette which was a long walk but there was a junk shop next the the launderette with a bunch of second hand bikes which were cheap – just what we've been looking for for ages. So off we popped to the cash machine and the man was very happy to get £100 for 2 of his bikes - so happy that we thought we should have haggled a bit more! Never mind, neither of us are good at that. During our stay in Worcester we visited a very shabby old pub by the basin called the Anchor which is nevertheless very popular and full of characters and an old cat called Thomas who found Dale's coat to be a comfortable nest. After finding our that we couldn't stay in the basin we had to make alternative arrangements so arranged to stay in Droitwich Spa at a new marina who were only too pleased to accommodate us, so we were very pleased about that.
I live and work from a narrowboat on the canal near London. I work as a graphic designer, but love painting and drawing yet seldom get down to doing it. The purpose of this blog is to motivate myself into drawing every day. I've been inspired by reading The Creative License by Danny Gregory and looking at all the wonderful sketchblogs that currently exist on the internet.