WALK: Yarncliff Wood, Longshaw

Longshaw views

Just a quick jaunt around Longshaw estate, exploring a few paths at the Yarncliff Wood end which are less familiar to me. Had to make a decision between turning left or right at one point, and of course I chose incorrectly.

Due to some unplanned clambering and mild peril, I didn’t have the time or energy to sketch but I did get a good workout (physically and emotionally), took some photos, and I stumbled upon the remains of some old buildings and a stone waymarker which as quite interesting.

At least I’ll know which way not to go next time. I was also very grateful to my past self for packing emergency jelly babies. Must remember to replenish those for next time.

SHOP: Bamford, Derwent, Castleton – dramatic Peak District Landscape art

Peak District landscape art for sale

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)

Peak District landscape drawings for sale

Peak District landscape art, shown mounted

SKETCHBOOK: Ashopton to White Tor

Autumn at the Upper Derwent Valley towards Derwent Edge

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.

Sketches from my Derwent Edge walkSketching the Hurkling Stones

Walking route, Ashopton Viaduct to White Tor

October at Curbar Edge

Sketching Curbar Edge, Derbyshire - Peak District art
Sketching Curbar Edge, Derbyshire - Peak District art

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?

Colour photos of foggy Curbar Edge, Derbyshire - Peak District
Moody black and white photos of  Curbar Edge in the fog, Derbyshire - Peak District

Walking, sketching, inspiration

Not much to report from the studio this week but here are a few snapshots from behind the scenes.

Some of my inspiration and sketches this week

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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Higger Tor and Carl Wark sketches

Sketching Higger Tor from Burbage Brook, Peak District artist

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.

Sketch of Higger Tor from Burbage plantation, Peak District artSketches of Higger Tor and Carl Wark from Burbage Brook, Peak District art