Boat in reeds, Union Canal – Ink in a Watercolour Moleskine

British Waterways, who are in charge of all canals, have a constant battle keeping the aquatic weeds under control. Presumably, in the old days, the constant stream of horse-drawn barges swept the canal clean but there is not the traffic to do this in these times. The route is dredged fairly regularly but, as my sketch attempts to show, this is not always successful. This scene shows a small boat, almost hidden by the reeds next to its berth. It must have succeeded in leaving as it was not there later but I suspect it had a hard time.

This was an attempt to use a set of tiny brushes obtained recently. They are called “mini MAJESTIC” and I got them at a hobby/craft shop, not my usual art shop. They are made by Royal & Langnickel and are extremely cheap. I don’t know how long they’ll last but I had a great time using them as I can loose myself completely in working in tiny detail. Although this address is not the place I bought my brushes from its the only one I can find with pictures of them.,6177.html

This is a photo of the four types I bought. I even got a “buy 1 get 1 free” deal – heaven to a Scotsman.

Mini Majestic Brushes