Water lilies on the Wharf Stream
Original painting – watercolour on paper – size 580mm x 320mm on paper 645mm x 370mm. Sorry, this painting has now found a new home in Oregon, USA, and is shown here for your viewing pleasure.
Drifting through yellow water lilies
These yellow water lilies, Nuphar lutea, grow in profusion on the Wharf Stream, an ancient channel linking the village of Eynsham, where I live, to the river Thames.
Ever since I painted an interpretation panel for the Wharf Stream Way, charting a walk into the water meadows east of Eynsham, I have been fascinated with the history of this waterway, which for 600 years was the main route for trade and goods into the village. In July 2015, my son, daughter and I took a canoe and paddled quietly along the stream from its start by The Talbot Inn to the Thames.
It was as wild and thick with reeds and lilies as I had hoped. Ducks dabbled. A family of swans drifted past. Baby pike dived for cover beneath the lily leaves. Damselflies flashed blue. Swifts screeched overhead. It was a little piece of ordinary heaven, right here half a mile from home.
My painted contribution to the formation of the Wharf Stream Way (in the form of a painted map for an interpretation panel) was recently rewarded with an award from the Oxford Preservation Trust.
This was reported in the Oxford Mail, 13 November 2015. Pictured is a cutting from featuring me in the middle with the painted map.