Early stage of the next group of Lake District oil paintings

Early stage of four oil paintings.

This one is on the foot path around Buttermere, Cumbria almost looking directly into the sun on a wonderful late summer afternoon. The painting of the lines, like all of these, was done with thinned oil paint, a blue and brown mix using mainly a rigger brush. This one was done onto a gesso board that had been pre prepared with a colour wash (raw sienna in this case).

Dunnerdale, this dale takes that little bit more effort to get to compared to others in the Lake District but no less stunning in places. This was a early spring day with lovely sunlight casting shadows across the crystal clear water, moss covered banks in the foreground to the range of fells in the background.

I was on the way back to Keswick with parts of me thinking more of what to eat rather than spend time getting the reference for this but passing Derwent Water, there was a sunset with some interesting clouds and reflections. Fish & Chips in the car later before setting of on the four hour trip home.

Great Langdale, Cumbria... what can one say about this area that hasn't been said before. Staying in one of the local bed and breakfast allows one instant access to lots of subjects. The background line of hills is Crinkle Crags, one of the many walking routes. Needless to say this area gets very busy at times which helped with the two Herdwick Sheep what were alongside the small beck as they just carried on as normal...