SHOP: White Tor, Derwent Edge

These two original Peak District landscape paintings were inspired by the autumn colours at White Tor and Derwent Edge above Ladybower Reservoir, near Bamford in Derbyshire.

DeAutumn Glow, rwent Edge Peak District painting by local artist Sian Vernon
Autumn Glow
Autumn Moorland, Derwent Edge Peak District painting by local artist Sian Vernon
Autumn Moorland

I created these affordable Peak District landscapes using ink and conte crayon on 300gsm smooth watercolour paper. Measuring A3 (297 x 420mm) they can be easily framed yourself in a standard sized frame, or framed professionally for a more personal look. A lovely gift for UK walkers and hikers or for anyone with connections in the Peak District.

For sale at £90 each, unframed (including free UK shipping) from my Folksy shop.

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Autumn Glow and Autumn Moorland

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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

The Boatman

Ladybower reservoir
*sings* “If I could choose the life I pleased, then I would be a Boatman….”

Andy has taken up fly-fishing in the last few months. I wasn’t really into the idea until he told me that fisherers (technical term) can hire a boat at Ladybower Fisheries and see all the quiet bits that normal, non-fishing folk can’t usually get to. Part of my Sketchbook Skool homework is to document my week in sketches so, when he said he was spending a day out on the reservoir, I figured it was as good an opportunity as any to get out of the house, even if it was forecast to chuck it down with rain all afternoon. So I tagged along and, guess what? It was a flippin’ glorious day.

Once I was confident that I wasn’t about to fall in and drown, I was hypnotised by the shimmery shoopy shapes and swirls as they sploshed and sloshed against the boat:

Water patterns
Lovely water patterns

Then I drew, and Andy fished, until sundown.

Sketching at Ladybower
Sketching at Ladybower

Landscape sketching at ladybower
Landscape sketching at ladybower

Sadly the fish were asleep and the Trout Count remained at zero, so we didn’t have fish for our tea (perhaps not so sadly for the trout), but it didn’t matter.

Fly fishing at Ladybower