Thursday, 11 April 2013

Springtime painting in the Lake District.

It's been a super course this week, we've had mixed weather, very cold fingers and nearly sunburnt noses!
Taking the launch to the first painting location was sheer joy, the lake was so calm and serene. 
Finding a small clump of  trees jutting out into the lake, with misty fells and sparkle on the lake. 
This was my first paint of the day

It's not as easy as it seems with watercolours. 
The misty background flowed in well, the trees had a palette knife and a rigger 
to help shape and prune them.

We jumped back on the launch and enjoyed a leisurely trip round to the next location.
Cups of coffee and homemade flapjack helped to give the Intrepid artists a sugar boast of artistic energy
You may not recognise the view above from the one below I painted. 
 It is the same and this shows the difference between a photographer and an artist. No trees in my view
Just the mighty Skiddaw

 Skiddaw painted with watercolours

The Intrepid artists found other scenes to entice. Daffodils Springing into flower

A secret waterfall hidden away, with a tiny bridge tucked behind the fallen trees and mossy rocks.

Painting outdoors in the Lake District is a joy especially when the sun shines, the lake is calm with
Spring  bursting into life and nature wakening up.

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