Picture Profile: 1903 A Healthy Chalk Stream? “Ranunculus and Brown Trout”

1903 A healthy Stream? A colour plate for the booklet “Drying Up”

NFS. Artist Code 1903. “Ranunculus and Brown Trout”. Completed 3rd March 2019. Original water colour and pen and ink. Size A3 on 100gsm cartridge paper

This painting illustrates healthy brown trout in a very clean chalk stream with Ranunculus (Water crowfoot) growing beneath (indicator of a healthy stream). My grateful thanks to talented underwater photographer, Liam Marsh, who kindly gave permission for me to use his wonderful underwater photographs as resource material. This painting is intended to be a little colour plate in the first of a series of riverine booklets I am co-authoring with Sylvia Haslam entitled “Drying Up”. Aquatic plants are so important to the health of a waterway and if the plants are healthy and growing in abundance all animals which live in, beside, or above the water will flourish. It is hoped that the first four booklets in the series will be published late summer 2019.

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