And so to the annual trip to the Lake District.
This year we were blessed with the warmest, sunniest and driest week I can remember (possibly ever). We stayed at a place called High Ground, which lived up to its name admirably and had the most extensive mountain view from its patio.
I managed to get a couple of pictures completed.
I spotted a natural composition on the day Kate and I went up Harter Fell, this was near Birks which is where the path up turns north and goes steeply up through the forestry plantations and on to the summit. In this view we are looking SW from the path on the approach to Birks, in the background are the Dunnerdale Fells.
Rough A5 compositional sketch to get light and dark contrasts
Birks, Duddon Valley looking SW towards Dunnerdale.
16 x 12 rough paper watercolour, wax crayon, inks, pastel.
On a family walk from Dalegarth after visiting Stanley Force we stopped for lunch above the trees on the side of Green How, which afforded a splendid view straight across Eskdale to Scafell. I did a compositional sketch and returned in the late afternoon to do a ‘plein air’ painting. I happily got lost in the process and had 85% complete. I have to admit that the foreground was completed indoors; when the best light had gone at about 7-30pm my tolerance of the midges suddenly collapsed and I beat a hasty retreat.
The fells in view are from left to right; Kirk Fell, Great Gable (just visible), Scafell looming over Eskdale Fell, then the distant hazy horizon showing Esk Pike, Bow Fell and part of Crinkle Crags. The sun was mostly but at times during the evening broke through adding the contrast I have tried to capture.
Reasonably considered A5 sketch, done to get to know the view
Work in progress, I blocked in main areas and then added detail top to bottom
Scafell from Greenhow – looking North across Eskdale
Completed picture 14 x 10 rough paper, watercolour, wax crayon, inks and pastel.
And lastly some notebook extracts.