Stanage Millstone Cheese Label

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.

Hathersage Moor from Longshaw

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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.

This contemporary Derbyshire landscape art is available to buy as an A4 print

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Summer rain and red grouse

Summer rain and red grouse - original digital landscape painting by Sheffield artist Sian Vernon

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.

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Sketches from Winyards Nick, Peak District

A couple of quick watercolour sketches from a misty June walk in the Peak District, taking in the views from Winyards Nick below Over Owler Tor.

High Lees, Hathersage - Peak District Sketch


View towards High Lees, Hathersage. You can just about make out Scraperlow Hall amongst the trees and Derwent Moors fading into the distance.

View from Winyards Nick, Hathersage - Peak District art


View towards Mitchell Field.

Note: I have recently changed my name from Sian Hughes to Sian Vernon. My website can now be found at https://sianvernon.co.uk and you can email me at sianvernonart@gmail.com

Storm approaching Longshaw, sketchbook

I was about to get out and go for a walk at Longshaw but I thought better of it. Ten minutes later there was a very wintery shower over this area of the Peak District! Difficult to sketch or describe or photograph what I saw, but the approaching rain was masking out parts of the distant hills. It was so beautiful. I really haven’t done it any justice, but I’ll try to do a proper painting at some point.

Rain approaching Longshaw, Peak District, Art by Sian Vernon
Disappointing first sketch of rain storm approaching Longshaw
Rain landscape sketches
Trying to get a better, more abstracted effect, showing how the rain and colours looked in my head!
Peak District rain storm landscape, watercolour sketch by Sian Vernon
Detail of one of the smaller sketches.