Thursday, 22 December 2016

Day twenty two Art advent Langdales

Day twenty two Art advent 
Lovely 'Langdales ' 
Painted in Pastels

A beautiful scene that was a joy to paint, especially with Pastels 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Day twenty one art advent Castlerigg stone circle

Day twenty one art advent 

Castlerigg stone circle 
painted in Pastels 

Winter solstice today, how great is it that the darkest day is here 
and days will just get lighter two minutes everyday.
The day I was inspired to paint this scene, I was joined by a few photographers all trying to catch the magical afternoon light after a dusting of fresh snow.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Day nineteen and twenty Art Advent

Day nineteen Art advent 

Wintertime Les Carroz 
Painted in Watercolours 
Inspired after a day on the slopes, 
skiing down into this quaint Alpine village at the end of the day was a joy.
Lots of masking with tape and fluid and a limited palette of hues.

Day Twenty  Art Advent

Painted in Pastels 
A lovely long panoramic with reflections of snow topped mountain.
This iconic mountain sits proudly over Keswick.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Day Eighteen Art Advent Striding Edge

Day Eighteen Art Advent

Striding Edge 
painted in Pastels 

This was one of those paintings I really enjoyed getting into.
A beautiful crisp winters day, plenty of snow and gorgeous colours in the shadows.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Day seventeen art advent Buttermere

Day seventeen art advent 
A window opens onto Beautiful  Buttermere 
Painted in Pastels
Again a stunning place in the Lake District that I love to paint.

Painted on Pastels at with a watercolour Base and Unison Pastels adding lights and form.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Day fifteen art advent Bluebells

Day fifteen  Art advent 

A walk in the Bluebells

Painted in Pastels 

One of my favourite flowers to paint.
The fragrance and light at Springtime is perfect for an outdoor artist.

If you fancy having a go at painting a Bluebell wood in watercolours 

Here is a step by step tutorial.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Day Fourteen Art advent Sharp Edge

Day Fourteen Art Advent

Sharp Edge 
Just off the easel

Painted in Watercolours 

When times are sad
It's hard to pick the paint brush up
My heart felt heavy
The brushstrokes did not flow
They didn't even merge
Colour seemed to fade
It made me feel worse

So when the brush at last was tentively 
Dipped in paint
and colour brought a feeling 
that helped to heal
A broken heart 

For Dad xx

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Day thirteen Art Advent Winter Wonderland

Day thirteen, Art Advent

Winter Wonderland

Painted in Watercolours

A very limited palette
Masking Tape
Were all included
I love finding my way through these types of paintings,
 never quite knowing where I will end up,
It is the journey which excites.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Day Twelve Art advent Ullswater

Day Twelve Art Advent

Evening Sail, Ullswater
Painted in pastels.

Daylight hours are few this time of year.
But the colours in the skies morning  and afternoon are just spectacular. Capturing these or feeling moved as an artist is a total joy.

Evening  Sail, Ullswater 
Signed print 

Day Eleven Art Advent Winter Flock

Day Eleven Art Advent
Winter Flock
Painted in Oils

I loved painting these Sheep, I started  blocking in with lots of complementary colours. The snow around the Sheep was next finishing off with many harmonising colours picked out in the Fleece. All this talk makes me want to get the paints out now.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Day Ten Art Advent Derwentwater

Day Ten Art Advent

Evening Light, Derwentwater

Painted in Oils

What better way to end the day
Last rays of light 
On the mountain tops
A stillness settling on the lake
Canada Geese
Flying low and finding their way to a peaceful night.

Signed A3 prints 
Unframed and posted in a postal tube for safe delivery.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Day nine Art Advent Blencathra

Day Nine Art Advent


Painted in Pastels for sale at Viridian Gallery, Keswick.

Standing Loud and proud, admired from the A66 in all weathers.
Sometimes wrapped in mist or bathed in sunshine.
It's many ridges to the top, with Sharp Edge the most famous of them all.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Day Eight Art Advent

Day Eight Art Advent 

Carzone, Monte Isola 

Painted in Watercolours 

Arrive by ferry, take a  walk down the quiet street,
 a young boy playing football,
with dreams of an Italian Shirt to wear.
Old doors, crumbling yet Grand Ochre buildings
Catch a glimpse of a turquoise lake.

Bright flowers spilling over terracotta pots,
A scooter sweeps by, on the way home for Lunch.
Stop at the cafe,  blue checked tablecloths,
And order a latte machiato,
A morning in heaven.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sharp Edge Limited edition print.

Sharp Edge

Painted in Pastels

Day Seven Art Advent, it's quite nice digging into my archive of paintings and prints.
Here is another large painting, full imperial, which means as big as the paper goes!!
Sharp Edge is seen dramatic and awe inspiring from the A66 but a climb up it's steep slopes in Winter is a real adventure, I take the easy route with views onto Sharp Edge.

Signed Limited Edition A3 prints available


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Grandes Jorasses Pastel Print

Day Six
Art Advent

Grandes Jorasses

A big painting of a Grand view, painted with Pastels. I loved painting this stunning view, I sketched while skiing at Chamonix and then worked in the studio, lost in the pleasures of Mountain scenery

This painting is available as a limited edition A3 print

Monday, 5 December 2016

Newlands Valley Art Advent

Day five Art Advent

Another favourite view 
Newlands valley from Latrigg painted in pastels.
Inspired after a walk up Latrigg to see the sunrays.

Painted with Unison Pastels on Pastelmat

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Catbells from Walla Crag Print.

Day Four

Art Advent

Catbells from Walla Crag 

Painted in Pastels.

Perched on the top of this wonderful little fell with sketchbook and a flask of something warm, makes a very happy artist, especially if it's not windy.

Alpine retreat in watercolours

Day Three
Advent Art

Alpine Retreat
Painted in watercolours
One early morning before breakfast, I quickly grabbed the paints and painted this wonderful wonderland scene. I wanted to capture the feeling of a heavy snowfall, before it melted away. I like the simplicity, lots of unpainted paper and a limited harmonious palette. Magic moments like this don't happen often, so grasp them when they do.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Art advent Lanty's Tarn.

Day two Art Advent 

Lanty's Tarn
 Painted in Pastels.

 This special little Tarn above Glenridding, a short, little steep walk 
brings you to an oasis of charm.
 Painted on Pastelmat, these super pastel paper is a dream to work with.
I love soft light, water, trees and add reflections and I'm a very happy artist.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

advent art calendar

Buttermere painted in watercolours.

Painting number One in my colourful art advent calendar.

Painted with a  limited palette of four shades.
Can you guess what they were?
 Ultramarine, Permanent Rose, Burnt Sienna and a touch of Gamboge

I love visiting Buttermere, it's always inspiring at any time of the year, a little difficult to get to when the snow is down, which makes it even more special.