It was not winter, but a cold reluctant spring and feisty April weather (I have been slow to draw this one). We splooshed about in a 6 degree Crummock Water whipped up to resemble the sea, all questions of ‘do we actually want to get in there’ vanishing with the chilly water’s embrace.
Later, changing in the drizzle from cozzies into only marginally drier clothes, a dog-walker arrived at the gravely beach. As the small dog leapt about in the water yipping with delight and silliness, it’s owner sighed and told us “she goes in, even in the winter”, as if there was no explaining the antics of some creatures.
“So do we”, we declared happily.
Swimming with Jackie in Crummock Water, Cumbria, April 2018
I finally found the time to cut up and fold the substantial stack of cards that have been sitting in a box (heavily guarded by cats) for at least a fortnight. I could get cards ready folded and cut, but not for a reasonable price on the nice textured card that I use. It would be boring plain satin card. So I do it the slow way…
As is generally the case, these were all pictures drawn about particular swims, and on the reverse there is a little story about that event. Several people I know will recognize themselves here and there.
Here’s the new selection, and I’ve also topped up some older favourites that had run out, all available to buy in my shop on etsy: www.waterdrawnart.etsy.com
Remember when I asked you to vote on which you liked so I could narrow it down a bit. Ah… so, small admission: I did narrow it down, but only a very tiny bit, from 5 to 4. My favouite came in 4th, there were different views on the blog to in the swimming groups on Facebook and then I didn’t dare ask everyone what colour I thought they should be!
I have left the hard part up to you, choosing which you like now out of a total of 16 variations! Don’t see why I should do all the work. One thing I have made sure is there are plenty of bright ones because visibility is often an issue for open water swimming, but there are a couple of luscious darker colours too, for when you don’t have such requirements. Have fun choosing!
Nearly packed and ready to take everything over to Bath Art Fair this weekend… it just remains for me to stuff everything into the car and make a poster that says ‘Yes! I do commissions, I can paint you!’ … or some such.
Bath Art Fair is NOT in Bath, it’s between Bath and Frome, so you don’t have to battle into town and struggle to find parking. It’s near Farleigh Farm Shop, Norton St Philip, BA2 7NG – there will be a large marquee in a field. There will also be a lot of other artists’ work, a pop-up cafe and a free children’s quiz… and I will have new swimmer paintings which you haven’t seen because I have been hoarding them over the last few months.
The fair is open from 10am – 6pm Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday. £5 entry on the door but look out for two-for-one fliers which will be at the farm shop nearby and have been distributed here and there locally.
You can try pausing to admire the beautiful morning, the misty view as the lake snakes its glimmering way up to Pooley Bridge at the other end, the tranquillity of the scene, the lovely unspoilt Cumbrian fells… sooner or later you are going to have to get all the way in. And this is Ullswater, where it is always colder.
Drawing inspired by a swim when I was up there the week before last, at Glencoyne Bay with Francine, Rosie and Margaret. There may have been a little bit of squealing, but if there was, there was nobody else around to hear it.
Starting to get stuff ready for Bath Art Fair in less than a fortnight’s time now. These are some more of my ‘mini swimmers’ series – they are only 4 inches square, in watercolour and (mostly) gold leaf.
Come and see me! It’s 12th – 13th May, between Bath and Frome. My work there will be all swimmer paintings, and appropriately it’s only about 8 miles from Vobster, so you could fit in a swim too…
Fellow swimmers: they have some leaflets in the shop at Vobster Quay that will get you in on a two for one (usually £5 entry for one). I also have more leaflets – Clevedon Swimmers I’ll see if I can leave some in The Salthouse. https://www.bathartfair.co.uk/