This scene is of a stretch of the Chesterfield Canal near Retford, Nottinghamshire, England.
It is based on a series of photographs of the canal and the long boat, Mary Jane, is a composite from a number of boats, so does not actually exist. I wanted to capture the reflections in the water on a bright late summer day. To provide contrast, I have added some Himalayan Balsam in the foreground. Although this has beautiful flowers, it is regarded as an invasive weed by the UK Environmental Agency.
My favourite dog, Oscar, makes another appearance, seen here sitting proudly on the front of Mary Jane.
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** A Studio Proof canvas print is a giclée print on canvas that is hand-embellished by the artist using the same medium as the originalpainting (usually acrylic), signed, numbered and then coated in 3 layers of UV-resistant varnish. It is then mounted on stretchers ready for framing.
*** Giclée printing is an advanced form of ink jet printing that applies a wide range of coloured inks that are designed to be light-fast for at least 75 years.
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