Something a little different. I recently licensed my work to be used on a lovely locally-made artisan cheese.
Sophie and James from Cow Close Farm in Hathersage got in touch before Christmas because they wanted some new artwork for the labels for their Stanage Millstone cheese. Their old label was really nice but, when the time came to reprint, they decided they wanted something which reflected a bit more strongly that their cheese is handmade at their farm below Stanage Edge, and that the cheese itself is shaped like a Millstone, with a hole in the middle (which is an absolute stroke of genius). The artwork also had to work with their existing branding.
They had seen one of my sketches of Stanage which they liked, and I was able to rework it for them with the iconic image of toppled Millstones in the foreground.
The labels have now started going out on the new Stanage Millstones and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
The cheese is delicious too! You can buy it online here, or from these stockists.
I could watch the clouds rolling in over Higger Tor and Carl Wark all day. These two hills with their rocky outcrops of Millstone Grit are popular features of Hathersage Moor in the Peak District, UK. Carl Wark is also an Iron Age fort for those of you interested in that kind of thing. This digital painting is how they look from the National Trust Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire.
Thank you so much for your likes and comments on my Northern Lights post over the last few days, after it was featured as one of the Editors’ Picks on Discover. I’ve been really overwhelmed by the response, and I’m considering doing a Northern Lights version of all my art. What do you think? :D
A snowy, wintery tree scene based on a view of Lady Canning’s Plantation above Ringinglow, with added festive Northern Lights. You can’t really see the Northern Lights from Sheffield but I liked the idea!
Lovely monochrome digital (iPad) painting of a line of windswept conifer trees at Lady Canning’s Plantation on the edge of Houndkirk Moor above Ringinglow in Sheffield.
This art print is for sale and is available to buy as a greeting card or an A4 signed art print. Are you a retailer in the Sheffield or Peak District area? Wholesale enquiries are welcome! Please ask for my Wholesale prices.
Lots more Peak District art for sale in my Folksy shop: SHOP
I took a bag full of sketchbooks with me on our recent visit to the East Coast of Yorkshire, but it turns out it’s quite difficult to sketch when you’ve got a toddler. I’m sure it’s not impossible and there were moments I could have got a sketchbook out but I always feel too bad for taking my attention away from the little guy. I’m okay with that, he’s pretty fun to spend time with and I’ll get back to sketching eventually!
I did make a couple of sketches (from my head) of weather-based moments I’d been inspired by when we got back:
Some hazy fields in the rain somewhere near Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Sunlight breaking through the storm clouds at Danes Dyke, near Flamborough
I also did quite a few cow sketches from life (out of the cottage window). All drawings were created using the Procreate app on iPad and enhanced in PS Express.For those of you interested in cows, I believe they were Simmentals. They were very beautiful, and very inquisitive!
Dark clouds and summer rain storm over a Peak District moorland landscape. A red grouse has just been disturbed from its resting place and pops up from the heather with a loud flap-flap-flap of its wings and an unmistakable whirring croak “goback-goback-goback”.
Original digital painting by Sian Vernon.
I’m having fun making these ‘paintings’ with the iPad. I used to paint a lot with acrylic but I just don’t have the space or time to do it at the moment, so this is really allowing me to play and produce something with a similar looking end-result. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
We’ve had some pretty damp, foggy days this summer in the UK. The Peak District has been particularly bleak but wild, atmospheric and beautiful. This new painting is inspired by the mist and cotton grass on Hathersage Moor this June.
Digital abstract Peak District landscape painting inspired by two stones which seem to form an entrance to the iron age fort, with the outline of Carl Wark and the silhoutte of Higger Tor in the distance.