SKETCHBOOK: Owler Tor, Longshaw

A sunny Spring walk on the Longshaw Estate with a quick stop to sketch Owler Tor. If you’re travelling along the A6187 from Sheffield/Fox House towards Hathersage, this gritstone tor is on your left hand side, opposite the Surprise View car park.

I’m really enjoying sketching with these Derwent Inktense watercolour blocks at the moment (affiliate link from Jacksons).

Lonshaw estate and owelr tor photos

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

Longshaw sketchbook

Sketching at Longshaw

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.

Longshaw sketches

Autumn colours at Longshaw

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