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Gary Cook

WEND: the Stour from source to sea

11 June - 9 July 2022


I've spent the past few years seeing the woods for their trees, as ash and oak - and the wildlife dependent on them - has been my artistic focus. Lately, the luminous quality of the River Stour has drawn my eye. 'WEND: the Stour from source to sea' is a series of paintings celebrating its magnificent 60-mile journey to the English Channel. Capturing its watery reflections is proving an exciting and uplifting challenge, while spotting otters and kingfishers along its banks has been an added bonus.

I've visited its source, only then registering why the wonderful Stourhead estate is so named, it marks the spot where the river starts. As it wends through Dorset, many villages are named in its honour: West Stour, Stourpaine, Stourton, Stour Provost, Sturminster Newton, illustrating how our ancestors instinctively appreciated its vital role in their lives, and still does in ours.

I'm painting its twisting course as it falls 750ft from its Wiltshire birthplace to Christchurch Harbour, showcasing its beauty, its environmental importance and, sadly, how we're not looking after it as we should.

Reflecting
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
20 x 30 cm (image)
29 x 39 cm (framed)
sold

Beginnings
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
68 x 50 cm (image)
87 x 69 cm (framed)
£ 1975

Wind on water
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
20 x 30 cm (image)
29 x 39 cm (framed)
£ 695

Skurkel bend
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
20 x 30 cm (image)
29 x 39 cm (framed)
sold

Cloudbreak
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
20 x 30 cm (image)
29 x 39 cm (framed)
sold

Kingfisher at Eye Bridge
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
sold

Drifting by
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
68 x 50 cm (image)
87 x 69 cm (framed)
£ 1975

Bed of reeds
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
sold

Above the source
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on canvas
123 x 91 cm (image)
127 x 95 cm (framed)
sold

Fiddleford footbridge
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
£ 695

Meander
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
30 x 20 cm (image)
39 x 29 cm (framed)
sold

Dusk falls on Blandford
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
£ 695

After the Rain
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
£ 695

Bed of reeds II
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
sold

Below the Mill
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
20 x 30 cm (image)
29 x 39 cm (framed)
£ 695

Rain at the run
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
68 x 50 cm (image)
87 x 69 cm (framed)
sold

Look up to the trees
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
68 x 50 cm (image)
87 x 69 cm (framed)
£ 1975

Sun above the source
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on canvas
123 x 91 cm (image)
127 x 95 cm (framed)
sold

Winter sun at Sturminster
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
68 x 50 cm (image)
87 x 69 cm (framed)
sold

The shallows
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
45 x 30 cm (image)
54 x 39 cm (framed)
£ 1150

Mud under Hod
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
sold

Winter water meadows
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
sold

Reed gap
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on paper
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
£ 695

Stream through the green
Ink, watercolour & charcoal on board
34 x 24 cm (image)
41 x 30 cm (framed)
sold