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