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Glare on the Lake

Glare on the Lake
Glare on the Lake

Glare on the Lake, charcoal and chalk on paper sketch of 19 × 29 cm of

College Lake near Pitstone in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, a nearby nature reserve set in an old chalk quarry. 

The site is a sanctuary for more than a thousand species of wildlife on the lake, marshland and grassland. Here rare species of birds nest on the islands in the lake, including the rare lapwings and redwing. 

As a geologist, I also enjoy wandering in search of ammonites, belemnites and echinoids. 

Wolfango

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Wrinkly Old Field

Wrinkly Old Field
Wrinkly Old Field

Wrinkly Old Field, acrylic and charcoal on a 40 × 40 × 4 cm stretched canvas is inspired by a walk from the Weston Turville St Mary’s Churchyard to the Wendover canal.

The nearby ploughed field in mid-winter reminded me of a knitted woollen blanket. The purples, browns and blues interlocked in a variety of forms giving warmth to a cold winter day walk. 

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Hale Lane

Hale Lane
Hale Lane

Hale Lane, acrylic on a 25 × 60 × 4 cm stretched canvas inspired by the view from Hale Lane, Wendover of the edge of Wendover Woods in the Chiltern Hills.

The escarpment of the Chiltern Hills is overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury roughly coinciding with the southernmost extension of the ice sheet during the Anglian glacial maximum. The Chilterns are part of the Chalk Group of southern England which formed between 65 and 95 million years ago; the most famous of which are the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Running Deep

Running Deep
Running Deep

Running Deep, acrylic on a 50 × 50 × 4 cm stretched canvas is inspired by a late-summer morning walk along the disused Wendover Canal, part of the Grand Union Canal, near the Chiltern Hills on the horizon.

The “still waters” of the canal hide a long history of use between 1794 and 1897. The proverb “still waters run deep” seems to be appropriate for such a location.