A new series of dramatic contemporary Peak District landscape art available to buy online now in my Folksy shop. These expressive black and white monochrome Conté crayon drawings are A4 in size (210 x 297mm) and look great displayed in a simple mount and frame. Choose just one or hang a few together for impact!
Images shown above, clockwise from top left:
Win Hill Pike (Bamford)
Win Hill from Ladybower (Bamford/Ashopton)
White Tor, Derwent Edge (Ashopton)
Mam Tor from Odin Mine (Castleton)
Mam Tor from Blue John Cavern (Castleton)
Back Tor (Castleton/Edale)
Three hour walk from Ashopton Viaduct to White Tor, taking in the spectacular autumnal views of Ladybower and the upper Derwent Valley, marvelling at the rays of sun breaking through the clouds behind Win Hill, and exploring some of the rugged gritstone tors. Encountered more grouse than I have ever seen before, a huge flock of redwing (possibly fieldfares), some kind of raptor having a rest on a telegraph pole and a pair crows of course.
Sketching at Curbar Edge last week. Lots of people walking their doggos along the top but just me and the jackdaws cocooned in the fog down here (and, briefly, a charm of goldfinches). Absolutely magical. Have I mentioned how much I love autumn in the Peak District?
My sketchbook and I went out for a brisk walk around Longshaw this week. There are some incredible autumn colours up there at the moment (just look at that bracken!). I had fun trying to capture the mood.
For those of you who are interested in these things, I sketched using a combination of watercolour & waterbrush, sailor pen with waterproof ink, wax crayon and colour pencil.
Not much to report from the studio this week but here are a few snapshots from behind the scenes.
As well as grabbing as much painting time as I can between all the Other Things, I’ve been working on lots of shop updates and improvements, and I’ve put aside the guilt (mostly) and made time for a few sketch/walks out in the Peak District for some autumnal sunshine and inspiration.
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Walked from Burbage Bridge down along Burbage Brook and through the plantation, stopping to sketch a coupke of views of Higger Tor and Carl Wark on the way. Nearly fell into the brook when I crossed over to the other side, but didn’t. Well done me!
Used a Pilot lettering pen with a wide nib (#20) to do these sketches.
Birch Trees, Hathersage Moor
Sian Vernon, 2018
Pastel on paper
BUY ORIGINAL 9×12 inches
BUY PRINT A4
Just released, this brooding pastel Peak District landscape painting inspired by a view of Hathersage Moor at Surprise View near Hathersage in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire.
A couple of pages from my sketchbook today. Sketches of Higger Tor and Stanage from Fiddlers Elbow / Burbage Bridge at Burbage North.
A Moorland Outlook
5×7″ acrylic on board
This ORIGINAL is SOLD but there’s lots more Peak District art and prints for sale in my Folksy shop.
Sand and rock softly crunching underfoot, the path cuts through brittle, fragrant heather towards the distant outcrop. You clamber up and over the rough cold stone, squeeze through gaps, up, up to the top. Amongst the gnarled birch trees, weathered by wind and rain, you put one foot in front of the other until your toes touch the edge and you stop. And you inhale. And you breathe in the distant views.