Marilyn and I recently returned from a month long visit to England. The first week in this interesting country was spent on a rented 45 foot long canal boat. Marilyn was First Mate and I was the Skipper. I only hit (crashed)the sides of the locks about ten times.
This painting was done last week (December 1, 2013) on a 24″ x 30″ canvas and will be on display with 12 other paintings during the Jake’s Cafe Christmas Open House December 13th in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I took the photo that I used for the painting from the Astwood Lane Bridge that spanned the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Lock #18. Marilyn stands waiting on the far right and the other canal boat with it’s two person crew is seen on the left. We seldom had to wait like this for other boats to pass through the self-operational lock system. It takes about 20 minutes to go through each lock, and the speed in the canals is so slow that a automobile can cover the same distance in one hour that the boat covers in one week! But the scenes along the canal are so very beautiful and interesting that it really doesn’t matter that much. Canal boat ownership is a big deal in England and a great way to host a floating party on holiday.
I want to make a second painting of this scene when I get back to Wisconsin in the spring using more browns and muted earth tones to make it look more like an 18th Century European painting. This painting seems too bright and a bit gaudy. This is truly a “Cultural Landscape” painting that captures one little moment in the back country of England. We took more than 1500 photos on the trip and printed about 300 for possible paintings. I have to continue to work on my people paintings as they still tend to look kind of cartoonish. What do you think?