Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Sketching in Durham

Doesn't life get in the way of painting? Snatching a little time with the paints can often be a luxury. I'm coming to the conclusion that the car should always contain the wherewithal to grasp any available opportunity. Found myself in one of my favourite places yesterday with an hour to spare and fortunately in possession of a watercolour sketchbook and some paints. So I dropped down to the riverside and put the time to some use. Clearly the sketch isn't detailed but it serves well as a basis for further development. An enjoyable hour and a pleasant memory.

Durham - watercolour 10" x 8" on RWS Not paper

4 comments:

Caroline said...

Lovely watercolour painting, you captured the atmosphere of the place so well.

Mick Carney said...

Caroline - Thanks a lot for visiting and for your kind comment.

Peter Ward said...

According to my cousin, my great, great grandfather, William Ward, had his boot and shoe shop (he made them) very close to Durham town centre, not far from the castle and bridge. He took my wife and I there a few years ago to see the spot he'd identified. Not a bad sketch Mick, I remember this scene well.

Mick Carney said...

Peter - You have been away from this part of the world too long. You should make it your mission for the coming year to get yourself up to the North East and enjoy the experience and take away some wonderful painted memories. The secret is don't tell anyone we don't want the place flooded with too many tourists. Maybe you could use the possible Scarborough trip as a stepping off point.