One of my favourite places to take visitors is the Brecon and Monmouth Canal at Goytre Wharf, just outside Abergavenny.
There's a restaurant, a little museum and gift shop and sometimes there are special events for children laid on, with such treats as pond-dipping! But I just love to walk along the towpath where the boats are moored up and I've done several soft pastel paintings of the canal and the boats.
I was there with a friend one very hot August afternoon and it was wonderfully cool on the towpath but there's also a small area of woodland (above) between the main road and the canal, also very pleasantly shady on a swelteringly hot day!
I don't normally much like using a lot of green in my paintings so I don't know what happened in the painting of the towpath below but it's actually one of my favourites. It obviously also appealed to a man who worked for the Waterways and he bought the original at my first exhibition, in spite of the high price I put on it, and later ordered a print of it for a colleague's leaving present.