Oil Painting 4 – Karen working in the boat

By Rob Pointon

Karen working in the boat

This painting was started in Rode Heath, the village where Karen was brought up, next to ‘The Rise’. At this point on the Trent and Mersey the canal is relatively high up compared to the valley next to it and so the sunlight can flood in unobstructed. After a grey winter in the Marina with boats either side, this sunlight transforming all wood into golden orange surroundings was really refreshing and something I wanted to capture. I didn’t have chance to finish the painting whilst we were in Rode Heath but have returned to it in Middlewich and shall keep adding more to it as The Year of the Boat journey progresses. The idea that I know what the inside will look like but have no idea what the view through the window will be like is exciting and a good reflection on narrowboat life.

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