Sketchbook day, Derwentwater


I grew up with the books of Beatrix Potter her words and beautiful paintings inspired me, to paint and have an interest in wildlife. On visiting the Lake District many years ago, my first stop was Hill Top at Near Sawry to see where this wonderful lady had lived and painted.

Now living not too far from Derwentwater  is a pure joy, to be inspired along the lake shore when taking my sketchbook on a walk.

Stopping when something catches my eye for a quick sketch.

I find this an ideal way gain reference material to work from at a later stage or back in the studio, you see much more than a photograph.

A sketchbook journal is such an inspiration to  look back on, filled with many memories and places that have visited.

Sketchbook Walk around Derwentwater

Tuesday 19th July 2016

The day starts at 11.00am with a sketch before heading on the Launch across

  Derwentwater to a peaceful location. Sampling stunning views as we walk along the foreshore, stopping occasionally for an inspiration sketch.

 Heading towards Lingholm Estate where Beatrix Potter spent many Summer holidays here.

Finishing around 4pm back at the theatre by the Lake.

Learning to draw and observe are essential skills for the landscape artist. A sketchbook is the perfect place to practise and refine your drawing and painting skills. You may record memories of places visited with comments jotted down alongside. Learn to secrets of sketching and drawing in a loose and lively style.

This is a great introduction into outdoor sketching

Materials needed

Sketchbook, 2b (0.7mm) clutch pencil, small watercolour travel set, water soluble pen, a couple of brushes, Pentel or Derwentwater water brush, small water holder, sit mat, camera, umbrella just in case, packed lunch and a rucksac to put it all in.

Price £50.00

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Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle painted in watercolours
Castlerigg Stone Circle painted in watercolours

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


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