Oil Painting 60 – Winter scene on the Trent and Mersey, Rode Heath

By Rob Pointon

Winter scene on the Trent and Mersey, Rode Heath

The unusual tan colour of the Trent and Mersey at this point is heightened by the pure white of the fresh snow which is enough to make even the regal resident swans look dirty against this backdrop. The β€˜tan’ of the canal is caused by it passing through a geological area of iron ore which I am guessing occurs somewhere in the Harecastle tunnel as it flows in a murky green and comes out almost a golden brown.

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