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. 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.
This painting was intended to be a colour plate in the first of a series of riverine booklets I am co-authoring with Sylvia Haslam entitled “Drying Up”. But when it was completed, it did not quite fit the bill, so is added as one of my saleable artworks.