Benham Weir

BenhamWeir500 Wheels at the weir

Two of us went out looking for somewhere to paint by the Kennet and Avon Canal on Saturday.  Attracted by the mysterious shapes and machinery of Benham weir, we found a spot to perch our easels on the edge of a concrete plinth above swirling waters.

Faces of barge crews looked curiously in our direction as they glided by beyond the towpath above our heads.

Perhaps, like me, they were intrigued by our different takes on almost the same view.

Both of us were working with painting knives in oil.

Amanda’s to the left (actual size 33 x 41 cm), Rosemary’s to the right (40 x 50 cm).


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I am an experimental artist, so I love to mix media and am trying things out all the time. I get excited by lines, shapes and shadows in the grains of hewn wood, a bootprint stomped into a muddy track, or the ripple of some fungus growing on a rotten tree stump. I am obsessed by tracks and trails, the marks left in the ground by people’s and animals’ passing. I love abstract work, both to do and to look at. Organic or man-made shapes observed on my walks take on a life of their own and have their own story to tell, which will be different for every observer. My pictures invite you on a journey into your own imagination.

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