WALK: Yarncliff Wood, Longshaw

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 orContinue reading “WALK: Yarncliff Wood, Longshaw”

SKETCHBOOK: Burbage Plantation

Short circular walk from Upper Burbage Bridge, down the valley, following the brook to Burbage Plantation under Higger Tor, stopping to do a couple of sketches, then back along Green Drive.

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. 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 inContinue reading “SHOP: White Tor, Derwent Edge”

SKETCHBOOK: Ashopton to White Tor

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 flockContinue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Ashopton to White Tor”

Walking, sketching, inspiration

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 timeContinue reading “Walking, sketching, inspiration”

Return to the Secret Garden

Almost a year to the day since I last went to the Secret Garden near Surprise View. It was such a beautiful day I had to get a bit of outdoor therapy and moorland inspiration for some new Peak District art. Gorgeous spring colours, shadows and textures, and lots of silver birches of course. I alsoContinue reading “Return to the Secret Garden”

Two or three seasons in one day

Just a couple of quick gouache sketches that were inspired by a weather-filled walk on Hathersage Moor this winter. The wind was wild, moving the swirly-whirly clouds along so quickly and allowing the sun to peek out and do its reflection-y thing again here and there, it was wonderful. I didn’t get rained on either, which was a bonus.