Hazy January Sunshine at Higger Tor and free February Desktop Wallpaper Calendar thing

Carl Wark from Higger Tor Burbage, Peak District, by Sian Hughes
Hathersage Moor from Higger Tor Burbage, Peak District, by Sian Hughes
Over Owler Tor from Higger Tor Burbage, Peak District, by Sian Hughes

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The moors are beautiful on days like this. I mean, they’re beautiful always, but cold, bleak and hazy is one of my favourites. Colours begin so muted that they’re almost imperceptible. As the fog starts to lift, the odd flash of sunlight breaks through and bounces off silvery pools of water that have formed in dips in the gritstone. Then suddenly the cloud clears, the sun comes out and everything is glorious technicolour (well, still mostly grey and brown).

I was there with an outdoor playgroup, ushering/carrying my small person and a bag full of snacks rather than any drawing equipment, so I couldn’t sketch on-site this time. Cool playgroup though, hey?

Carl Wark from Higger Tor Burbage, original Peak District sketch painting by Sian Hughes

Braved getting my paints out later while he slept. Tried to creep around and not wake him up. Got paint all over my keyboard. Didn’t swear. Managed a quick gouache and charcoal sketch based on my photos.

Peak District sketch February desktop wallpaper calendar, free download, by Sian Hughes

I’ve made it into a Desktop Wallpaper/calendar thing! Do people even use those? View and download it for free here anyway (click on image to view full size then right click and save):
Let me know if you use it and if it’s any good and I might make more.