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.
A couple of pages from my sketchbook today. Sketches of Higger Tor and Stanage from Fiddlers Elbow / Burbage Bridge at Burbage North.
Some lovely dark clouds blowing over Callow Bank and Mitchell Field on the way to the Peak District village of Hathersage.
Trying (mostly failing) to capture the glorious colours of August and the purple heather on the moors at Burbage North, Peak District.
Quick sketch of Mam Tor from Odin Mine in the Peak District village of Castleton, Derbyshire
Sketching the dry yellow hillsides of Mam Tor and Lose Hill near the Peak District village of Castleton in July 2018, at the end of a long hot summer.