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.

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Sketches from East Yorkshire in September

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:

  1. Some hazy fields in the rain somewhere near Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds.
  2. Sunlight breaking through the storm clouds at Danes Dyke, near Flamborough
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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!

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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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Carl Wark and Higger Tor, Peak District Art

Standing Stones Carl Wark, Peak District Abstract Landscape Art - digital painting by Sian Vernon

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 silhouette of Higger Tor in the distance.

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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.

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

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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.