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2020 From Rain and Floods to Coronavirus Isolation

I have mentioned before that I have been concentrating on writing, but I have not stopped painting, just slowed down. The first 2 months of 2020 were particularly wet and this meant that I have been unable to do any en-plein air work. Instead I have been relying on very quick sketches or photographs. The problem with the sketches is that I either get wet or cold, or both before I have to move on so at best I can only grab an impression. In any case if we are hiking Kate does not like having to stop in inclement conditions – which is understandable.

January

So work in January was limited to a studio sketch inspired by a trip to Lake District in March 2018. Here I was inspired by the stillness of the water and trying to capture the feel of a winter day when the frost was so heavy that it looked almost like snow.

Derwent Water Water colour with ink

Derwent Water
Water colour with ink

 

February

We did a trip to the Lakes in February this year. I have been going to the Lake District since like forever so know full well that the weather can be bad. Its fair to say, however that this trip was the worst we have had. In winter you count it as a win if you get one or two days of cold but sunny days, these are the times you can get very dramatic lighting effects. This time we only managed to get out for short trips and these always involved rain, we actually stayed in because of torrential rain on the other days and played more board games sitting in a big bay window overlooking Morecambe Bay. The two pictures below show the best results, done inside from photos and sketches, I have the improved the lighting, one of the lasting impressions of this week is unrelieved greyness.

Here we have a view of Morecambe Bay from Hampsfell

Morecambe Bay from Hampsfell Watercolour with ink and pastel

Morecambe Bay from Hampsfell
Watercolour with ink and pastel

 

Here we have view of the village of ……..after a trip to Glasson Dock. Thats how wet it was we actually went out of the Lakes “grockling” and did an hours sun (made up of 5-10 minutes snatches) amidst the rain and hail.

Conder Green Watercolour with Ink and Pastel

Conder Green
Watercolour with Ink and Pastel

 

 

March and into April

The final two pieces are from March and April to date.

I have been using material collected on a dales hiking trips. We just managed to fit in couple of expeditions. Once to Boss Moor (south west of Grassington) and once to Barden Moor (south of Grassington).

Here we have a view of Rylestone Fell as you approach to from Cracoe Fell along the ridge. The day was windy and cold but there were periods of good sunlight. I have reduced the cloud cover in this studio piece but captured the feel of coming down in the evening sunshine.

Rylestone Fell Watercolour and Inks

Rylestone Fell
Watercolour and Inks

 

This last piece is looser with a a liberal amount of ink and wax resist. This is from the same walk, we are now descending from Rylestone Fell walking on the bridleway then eventually ends up in the village. The cloud cover had increased again but the stand of pine trees silhouetted against the light makes an attractive subject and a time to try out copies amounts of antelope brown acrylic ink.

Near Rylesstone Watercolour, Ink, Pastel, Wax Resist

Near Rylesstone
Watercolour, Ink, Pastel, Wax Resist

 

Both the above were completed on 140 gsm Arches Rough which was stretched in advance.

Difficult to know what comes next. I guess I’ll be plundering old sketch books and photographs, the garden provides an opportunity for some close to home en plein air work and there is always still life…

 

 

 

Lake District Sketches

We have been to the Lake District several times in June and July. The weather has been mixed to say the least and I have been rained off on more than one occasion. As a result I have been working fast – with more and less success; lots of really rough notebook sketches and unfinished pieces which will provide me material to return to in the studio.

Nevertheless here are the better plein air, alla prima sketches. First off a couple of pen and wash studies.

This was a welcome break in the rain about 4-00pm that allowed me to get out with the Indian ink and create a quick impression;

Lorton Valley

Lorton Valley – looking south towards Scale Hill and Loweswater from the road by High Swinside.

 

This was done one morning in between showers over a 2 hour period but eventually rained off about.

Towards Thackthwaite wm

The view across the Lorton Valley looking towards Thackthwaite.

I think the interruptions show in the above compared to the first work which, looking back at the work seems to have more spontaneity.

An afternoon of sun & cloud allowed me to get back to a longer watercolour sketch (about 3 hours). This is a favourite view across Derwent Water.

Brandlehow Bay w-m

The view of Brandelhow Bay straight over Abbotts Bay and across Derwent Water to the Ladore Hotel. The fells in the background are Bleaberry Fell and High Seat

 

Lastly a most absorbing and enjoyable afternoons work on Scout Scar which is near Kendal. This is a favourite spot for a last look on the journey back to Leeds.

From Scout Scar wm

The view south from Scout Scar at a point above and just north of Brigsteer. The view is really expansive taking in the Lyth Valley, Foulshaw Moss and the River Kent running into Morecambe Bay.

Scout Scarr in Progress

Work in progress shot – stand in front of the view and paint what what you see – bliss.