To begin 2015’s “plein air” painting sessions what could be better than the Wensleydale with snow on the hills? To paraphrase Lawrence of Arabia (in the screenplay) “of course its cold, the trick is not minding that its cold”, it also helps to have the right clothing.
It was altogether a splendid week; the snow had fallen the previous week and the weather was (on the whole) bright and sunny – lots of white stuff with sunshine has a great effect on the light. At the start of the week it was actually too cold because of a wind chill but I managed to get out and find some sheltered spots towards the end of the week. I also got back with a fresh batch of quickly drawn notebook sketches and photos that I can work on in the studio.
This view of Wensleydale is looking West from a plantation just below Heugh, this is higher up on the path from Newbbigin which I painted in October. The plantation made a great windbreak and it was almost balmy in the sun despite some ominous looking clouds from time to time.
This is by the river on the path from Askrigg. The sun was so bright when I started that I had to wait until it went in to get a photograph – the light was fading fast and I had to work loose and fast, the whole thing took about 90 minutes. By the time I finished the light was too poor to get the painting in the picture. The sunset that developed was even more spectacular but I “locked in” the light as it was at about 4-00pm.
This view of Yore Bridge was done over a 4 hour period during an afternoon, the bridge itself was built in 1793 by John Carr who was the surveyor of bridges in the North Riding from 1772 to 1803.