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The pandemic has had an enormous impact on my studio work. Having more time to work, read, research, and walk, has allowed me to develop my work. The landscape panoramic drawings were an important phase in creating large charcoal drawings of the river. The Pandemic Period allowed me to return to making video film and to loosen up my drawing style, building on the Severn Series. 

Having films selected for key shows made me more confident and I immersed myself in the river at two key points in every day. Low tide for riverbed rock rubbings and high tide for filming. Perfect.

I also returned to printmaking and explored ways of working (I have a post-grad diploma in printmaking). And connecting with various drawing projects loosened me up and I played and played with all of these processes. 

I now have something to show for it, thanks to an Arts council England grant for professional development. You can see prints on this website and below are some recent drawings. 

Prints are available for many of these drawings – contact me for information.

Soudley Ponds 60cm wide panoramic, chalk & charcoal on black pastel Fabriano photo by Pete Simpson

May Hill, 60cm wide panoramic, chalk & charcoal on black pastel Fabriano paper photo by Pete Simpson

Below are two fairly large-scale works I have recently completed. A bit of information about each is below them.

Evening Light on Soudley Pond
Soudley Ponds January 2019 1m x 0.75m chalk & charcoal on black pastel Fabriano paper photo by Pete Simpson SOLD – prints available

Brockweir Bridge Over The Wye
Brockweir Bridge Over The Wye, 1m wide panoramic, watercolour, charcoal & chalks December 2018 photo by Pete Simpson (available)

Find out more about the book here.

Most of the originals are sold. Digital prints are available at custom sizes, do get in touch to discuss. All prints are professionally produced and of archive quality.

Photos of drawings by by Chris Rennie and Peter Simpson

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Slimbridge, New Ground, opposite Awre putcher racks, charcoal on paper (SOLD)

View across to Garden Cliff from Popes Hill (private commission) SOLD

Aust, under Severn Bridge  photo by Chris Rennie (SOLD)

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Beachley, under Severn Bridge  photo by Chris Rennie (SOLD)

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  Purton Hulks opposite Purton Railway, chalk and charcoal on paper photo by Chris Rennie (SOLD)

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Putcher Rack at Awre, framed, chalk and charcoal on paper  photo by Chris Rennie (SOLD)

Newnham Church
Newnham Church to Arlingham – chalk & charcoal on paper, 2 metres wide. The original was SOLD at auction for £1500, as fundraiser for renovation of St. Peter’s Church Bells photo by Chris Rennie

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Looking across from Shepperdine to to Stroat, with Oldbury Power Station behind the cottage on the left.  Charcoal, chalk, pastels, watercolour & ink 

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Newnham on Severn, nr. the ferry.  Charcoal, chalk, pastels, watercolour & ink (SOLD)

perfect-trimmed-river-001-img_0016-for-web The River Severn . Charcoal, chalks, pastels on paper 2017 (SOLD)

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 Stroat, opposite Shepperdine Charcoal, chalk, pastels, watercolour & ink photo by Chris Rennie (SOLD)

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Pleasant Stile to Arlingham, framed as pair, charcoal, chalk on paper photo by Chris Rennie

Close ups, showing detail:

I’m delighted to say I have been awarded a Grants for the Arts to pursue the next stage – a publication – about the drawings, the River Severn and this fascinating landscape.

“What a fascinating and enriching exploration. The glimpse of your drawings makes me want to draw. Your text makes me want to walk to a river. The panoramic horizon makes me want to think far deeper and further than ordinarily.” Anthea Nicholson, author

Carolyn Black Artist Resume March 2020