The latest visit to the Lake District

I first came here in the late 1980's on a overcast cold day in mid November on a day out from college. Thankfully for my latest visit the weather was somewhat better. I'm on a walk around Crummock Water. The above looking towards Buttermere with Rannerdale Knotts to the left coming down to Hause Point (in shadow), almost above that (also in shadow) is Haystacks with Great Gable showing above Haystacks. High Crag, High Style and Red Pike complete the distant fells that surround Buttermere. On the right hand side are the lower slopes of Mellbreak.

Above is almost the reverse view to the first image looking from the top part of Hause Point (the part in shadow).

Another trip into Deepdale, this morning with some additional interest with some cloud spilling over the top. It came and went for a good few hours. The downside of the cloud spilling from that side was that the sun was also on that side therefore there were periods waiting for some sunlight. Thanks to a strong breeze it usually wasn't to long and work could continue. The last time I was here I was driven out by a snow storm...

The view back as I leave... showing, well most of what wasn't visible in the first image although Hart Crag (top left) and The Step can now be seen the top of Fairfield is still under the cloud.

It'll be one of those times when mixing a number of sketches of the different cloud formations and sunlight patches together to create as interesting a painting as possible to show how that morning was.... paintings hopefully coming sometime soon.

Painting selected for the Mall Galleries 2014 "What's On Guide"

A somewhat delayed posting of this due to many other this going on but it was with great pleasure I was told that one of my oil paintings was selected to appear on the front over of the What's On at the Mall Galleries guide for July to December 2014.

The painting is "Sunlit River Blyth at Southwold" and the above just shows a section of it.

Last Call for Marine Artists - RSMA Exhibition 2014 at the Mall Galleries, London

If you missed the online submission deadline, you are not yet lost at sea.

You can still bring your work in on the Receiving Days at the Mall Galleries:
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 August, 10am to 5pm.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists seeks submissions of painting, printmaking and sculpture inspired by sea and the marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife - in short anything that involves tidal water.

Acceptable media: Oil, acrylic, watercolour, original prints of any media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture.

Awards and Prizes to be won!

For more information and inspiration visit:

Please note that this is the last year you will be able to submit work in person, from 2015 all submissions will be done online.