I've always enjoyed the Facebook page of The Guild of Waterways Artists. The Guild is a collection of like-minded artists who have joined together to promote art about the waterways by exhibiting together and to offer each other mutual support and encouragement.

You will find artists using a variety of media in the Guild, from pastel and watercolour to oils and acrylics, photography and modern media; which makes their Facebook feed a delight to follow.

The Guild was founded in the 1980's by a group of artists who were also waterway enthusiasts. Notable artists include Garth Allan, Brian Collings, Alan Firth and Harley Crossley. They believe it is important to know and understand the waterways so that they can be represented faithfully in their artwork. Therefore they like their members to be interested and knowledgeable about the skills and history of the waterways.

They're a small, friendly and informal group offering member an opportunity to exhibit together twice a year: A month around Easter at Audlem Mill in Cheshire and the two days of the Braunston Historic Boat Show in Northamptonshire.

They expect members to exhibit with them at least once a year and to look for opportunities for further exhibitions for The Guild.

I lived on a narrowboat for 13 years and have always wanted to create paintings of the lifestyle, but never had the courage to attempt painting water: It seemed so difficult to me! Now finally I have begun attending some local watercolour painting classes and have made my first attempt at a watery scene. It's not yet finished, and when it is I think I'll keep this first attempt for myself. I'm not quite ready to exhibit with The Guild yet!


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