Imagine a tiny village situated on the edge of a Lake, with a ferry calling in every few hours and a couple of cafes on the lake edge. The cafe owner brings your cool drink across a quite street with a few aperitifs to enjoy. You sit back and enjoy the lazy day and watch a few passers go by. A handful of Ladies choose a table in the shade,and began to chatter while prosecco’s are passed around. This special little hamlet is called Riva di Solta on Lake Iseo and this is what inspired me to paint ‘Ladies Lunch Italian Style.
Take the ferry from Sulzano across to Monta Isola, it only takes five minutes to sail across. Walk along the shore and find a shaded spot. Ideally under an Olive tree in the warm afternoon sunshine. Gaze across the bay to the tiny village of Sensole and begin to sketch. You will need to dip your feet often into the warm blue lake, this helps with the inspiration and also will help to magic the paintbrush across the paper.
This is how I painted ‘Monte Isola’ watercolour, if you would like to sample a little of this magic why not come to Lake Iseo on my painting holiday the date is Saturday 14th September 2013 for a week we will stay at the stunning Rivalago on the Lake shore for more information
I often sit and reflect the day, watch the geese and ducks take their evening flights across the still and tranquil lake.
A few dog walkers pass by, a photographer waits patiently for the sunset to appear between the far distant fells of Buttermere. This is my view of ‘Calm waters, Derwentwater’ captured in a simple palette of Blue watercolours.
The walk to Watendlath is one of pure joy, I start from the village of Rosenthwaite and make my way up the beautiful fell passing bubbling brooks, turning and admiring the view towards Seathwaite and the mighty fells of Glaramara and Great end. The path then descends down to the small hamlet of Watendlath with intimate glimpses of a Blue tarn with fishermen catching trout. A cup of tea and a slice of the famous Gingerbread baked in the tea room follow.
I stop at the gate post and take in this peaceful special place.
I felt inspired to paint Castlerigg Stone Circle in watercolours with fresh snow blowing wildly and a little sunshine to warm this cold March day. This magical scene is just a mile from Keswick with 360 degrees views of glorious fells.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Painted in watercolours by Jane Ward
Size 20 x 13
This Original painting is sold unframed for safe delivery
Tarn Hows near to Hawkshead was one of the first places I visited in the Lakes, this beautiful tarn is a pure joy to walk around in any season but when the Autumn colours are in full swing it is stunning.
I am entering this painting at ‘Art Mart’ in Ambleside from Friday 29th March until Monday 1st April 2013.
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This is the view that welcomes you arriving by Ferry at Carzone. Just one of the hidden jewels on Lake Iseo. To paint this special little Borgo I had to get a feel and sample it’s delights. Morning coffee was first sitting in the sunshine watching scooters whizz by, riden by ladies with bags of groceries held tightly between their ankles. I was now ready for finding a location for a few hours, down the narrow alleyways with flowers and tubs beside every ancient doorway. I watched a young boy wearing his Italian strip kicking a ball and clothes above our heads drying in the morning sunshine. So now I was ready to settle down and paint an Italian scene.
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Staying at Rivalago Hotel on the shores of Lake Iseo I painted this serene vista in watercolours. With only shades of Blues to see, the palette was easy to mix. To keep it pure to the view, no pencil marks were drawn just a brush loaded with paint to show the simplicity of this breathtaking scene.
The light changes daily in the Italian Lakes, the days start with sunshine flooding through the open finistra, days are spent chasing shadows around sunlight buildings or sparkling light dancing on the Lake. Late afternoon the delights come to life, a mass of colours subdue to tonal shades, shapes are simplified with just a wash of colour.