177. Autumn Woodford Park, Oil on card, 75 x 55cm framed behind glass, £350
Woodford Park lake is situated in Woodley, you cannot go far in this area without encountering a river, lake or stream. The Reading area is naturally low lying, prone to flooding and these water courses are a necessity to store and carry the excess away.
Woodley is often thought to be a suburb of Reading due to the geographical closeness. Although it is in the Borough of Wokingham the area has many links with Reading through transport, work and culture. I often walk around the park with its lake which reflects the changing seasons.
178. High Water Reading, Oil on card, 75 x 55cm framed behind glass, £350
Part of the River Kennet that passes through the centre of Reading is shown in this painting. The river has been made a feature in the town, instead of being a lost and hidden waterway. In the past this was an important river made navigable by addition of locks and canals and used to carry goods but now used for leisure. Calm in this painting but the power of water is noticeable by the rising level and possible flooding imminent after the Autumn storms.
179. Winter River Loddon, Oil on card, 75 x 55cm framed behind glass, SOLD
Adding to the wateriness of the Reading area is the River Loddon. This River skirts around Reading through the surrounding countryside then runs into the Thames. Not used as a navigation but an addition to the area's leisure opportunities and supporting much wildlife.
Reading is blessed with a number of waterways, although these are often not appreciated and cared for as they should be.
77. Horseshoe Bridge, Metal horseshoe and collage, NFS
I have based this 3D artwork on an actual horseshoe in memory of the working horses that used the horseshoe bridge whilst towing barges up and down the river. The artwork uses collages of paintings done in the local area of the waterways and trees. This bridge is an important structure, listed, but unknown to many. The confluence of the two rivers emphasises how lucky Reading is to have lovely waterways to enjoy.
78. Resting Up on the Thames, Oils, 76 x 56cm, £350 framed
79. Quiet Moment on the River, Oils, 56 x 76cm, £350 framed
The two paintings of the Thames are of views from the towpath as you approach Reading along the Thames. An often forgotten and neglected area which was recently brought to everyone's attention when a flyover next to the Thames was proposed. This would have blighted this quiet peaceful walk along the towpath. Fortunately the planning for this was rejected and consequently some improvements to the area had started to be made.
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