More boating but less painting

As the weather has continued to be kind to us throughout the latter part of October, I have been spending most of my time back on-board the boat. This has had the knock-on effect of only being able to snatch moments in the studio, thwarting my explorations with oil painting. I did find time to complete this painting though.

Oil painting of storm over sea
Squall – Oil on board – 30cm x 30cm

One thing that is becoming quite apparent is that I’m attracted to painting turbulence at the moment. This could possibly be a reflection of how I’m currently feeling. Life feels very uncertain at present as the time when my son flies the nest approaches. What once could be counted in years is now reduced to months and it makes me wonder what lies in store for the next stage of life.

So taking time out to cruise along the tranquility of the waterways has been the perfect time for me and my husband to make tentative plans for the next stage of our life. The seeds have been sown and over the next 18 months we’ll tend to them, nurturing and pruning as we go along.

I’ll leave you with a few snaps that I took while cruising, I hope that you enjoy them. The River Aire was beautiful, bordered by its autumn foliage. Throughout the summer season I’ve been hoping to catch a glimpse of a kingfisher and had given up on a sighting for this year. Would you believe that in the most industrial part of Leeds I happened to catch sight of not one but two!

The Aire & Calder Navigation at Woodlesford
The Aire & Calder Navigation at Woodlesford
Narrowboat in Granary Wharf
Our mooring in Granary Wharf, Leeds
Heron by river
Waiting for dinner
Elland on the Leeds and Liverpool canal
The old and the new on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Old Staithes Quay
Old Staithes Quay, Allerton Bywater

Until next time…


It’s the journey, not the destination

I’ve just returned to my corner of Yorkshire after what has seemed like a journey of epic proportions!

In terms of distance I actually haven’t been very far at all – just to the other side of the county, not far from the Lancashire border – but travelling by narrowboat, no matter how far, always carries with it the feeling of embarking on an epic adventure. Continue reading “It’s the journey, not the destination”

An update of sorts

Since returning from my travels life has been a whirlwind of activity. The main reason for this is that I am about to open my narrowboat as a floating gallery. Since buying her, back in April, the idea of using her as a studio/floating gallery has slowly become a reality. Continue reading “An update of sorts”

Leeds Waterfront Festival

One of my favourite weekend trips away on our boat is sailing along the Aire & Calder Navigation into Leeds city centre. As I live in a rural location it’s a great way for me to get my fix of city living now and again. My favourite spot to moor up is at Granary Wharf which is based at the end of the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Its location is only a five-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and it boasts a wide variety of great waterside bars, restaurants, and hotels. Continue reading “Leeds Waterfront Festival”

Swanning around

Some days I get completely stuck when deciding what to paint. At times like these, I find that my best option is to take a look around and find inspiration close to home. It’s not often that inspiration comes swimming by but that’s what happened today. Continue reading “Swanning around”