I received the application form for the annual art exhibition in Langford and Ulting Village Hall as a friend and I were planning a kayak trip from Hoe Mill Lock. It was the perfect opportunity to take some reference photos of the beautiful Ulting countryside along the banks of the River Chelmer as we paddled to Paper Mill Lock and back.
Being so low, sitting on the surface of the water, lends an unusual perspective and, as my kayak buddy pointed out, these pen and wash landscapes actually have the orientation of portraits.
It was the striking silouhettes of the towering teasels I noticed first, I love the way they frame this little rural scene.
I was struck by the lush green of this riverside field in contrast to the backlit branches, still bare, on the cusp of spring.
And lastly, the beautiful old church appears to grow out of the vegetation on the riverbank.
The exhibition will celebrate local artists and raise money for the village hall:
Langford and Ulting Village Hall, Langford Road, CM9 4SS
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2023, 10am-5pm