Winter afternoon in Langstrath - Oil painting

Detail from "A late winter afternoon in Langstrath", Langstrath, Cumbria.
Oil. Alistair Butt © 2013 -
#AB 021372

A few days before this valley was covered in deep snow but a combination of strong winds and a few days of sunlight have removed most of it...

It was mid afternoon due to the low sun angle (it was heading behind the right hand side) even at 3:30 to 4:00 PM a valley floor (like this one) can be in deep shadow and that time wasn't far away.

It was the large stone that I wanted in the painting along with a nice lead in by using the river, although getting to this spot wasn't that easy, even with walking boots on, wellingtons would have been better as there was lots of water running down the slopes (from the snow melt) and almost every step went deep into the mud/wet ground. Although less water running down to the river, it can be same even in summer.

The remaining snow on the flanks of Bowfell added some interest to the background, although sunny at the time it wasn't very warm and wouldn't like to think want it was like on the top.

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