Landscape with some snow near Beeley, Derbyshire

"View down the Lane", near Beeley, Derbyshire.
Oil. Alistair Butt © 2008.

The Ranelagh Press Award winner at the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

I was delighted to be informed that one of my four watercolour paintings had won an award at this years RSMA (Royal Society of Marine Artists) exhibition. The painting was selected for The Ranelagh Press Award, the first time this award has been presented at the RSMA exhibition and for me a great honour, in having my work selected and receiving the award.

The exhibition is currently being held at the Mall Galleries in London (ending on the 26th October at 3pm) for those wishing to have a look at some stunning marine paintings from both well known and established RSMA members, of which their are to many to list, plus selected paintings from non members work, of which their was a very high standard.

See the Mall Galleries web site for opening times etc. There are the usual demonstrations by RSMA members held over the next two weeks, again contact the gallery for dates, times and artists participating.

The 'Young Artist Award' was also handed out at the Private View. If there are any young (16 to 25 years) artists that wish to have a chance at winning the top prize of £500, start getting those paintings ready for next years show.

Snow on Froggatt Edge, Derbyshire Peak District

"Following the Path", Froggatt Edge, Derbyshire.
 Oil. Alistair Butt © 2008.

Snow covered Froggatt Edge, Derbyshire

"Path through the Trees", Froggatt Edge, Derbyshire.
 Oil. Alistair Butt © 2008.

A late afternoon sun providing some wonderful cast shadows across the snow lying on Froggatt Edge in the Derbyshire Peak District. The foot path runs most of the length of the edge as it heads towards Curbar Edge. The edge runs parallel to the right hand side, just beyond the small bushes to the very right of the painting.

It's a wonderful area for finding subjects to paint, whatever the time of year, with areas of woodland, mixed areas like the painting above through to the outcrops of rock formations scattered along the edge while not forgetting the local sheep that can be seen grazing.