Bill Pike water & reflections

water n.
a colourless, odourless liquid

Yet water, particularly a water surface, has so many wonderful effects which are often taken for granted, or not even noticed, by those whose very existence depends on it in everyday life...

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Bill Pike lives and works in Berkshire, England.

The images on this site have been produced by scanning 35mm transparencies using a slide scanner. The colours and quality of the images may not therefore be representative of the original paintings.

The Drought, 1989

The Drought, 1989

Size: 0.92 x 0.61  Medium: Oils on canvas  

Sep-Oct 2008  Exhibited: 30 

The five month Summer period May-Sep 1989 was the sunniest of the 20th century at the Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford, with 1237 hours of bright sunshine easily eclipsing the previous highest recorded 1911 and 1959 totals.

Crossing the river bridge in Abingdon, I noticed that some trees had become colourful by 17th October. I stopped in the Rye Farm Car Park and took some photographs, including one of a golden-yellow tree and red Virginia Creeper beside the Old Gaol, which formed the subject of this painting.

The Drought, 1989 (map)