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Three Rivers (Addition)

The Esk (Cumbria). The Swale (N.Yorkshire). The Esk (N.Yorkshire).
Pencil and graphite on Arches watercolour paper.
76cms x 168cms.

The three large drawings, of three quite different rivers, were made from a journey that took me across northern England, from almost east coast to west - though I also have to add that I in no way followed in 'the footsteps' of the wonderful Alfred Wainwright, and his 'Coast To Coast Walk' - though a number of his wonderful little illustrated guide books to the Lakeland Fells and the Limestone Country have been walking companions on other expeditions.

The Esk, in Cumbria, reaches the sea just south of Ravenglass; and I visited a stretch just east of Muncaster Castle. The Swale starts life high in the Yorkshire Dales, running east to Gunnerside and Feetham, and beneath an old stone bridge near Low Whita. And the North Yorkshire Esk emerges from the North York Moors, to carve out Eskdale on its way to meet the North Sea at Whitby; meandering slowly through Egton Bridge, one late September afternoon.

The 'surface' of three rivers, on 'the surface', of three large sheets of mould-made watercolour paper. A small contribution to a contentious 'debate' within contemporary art; or just three drawings, of three rivers.