I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel, and sketch, all over the world, but there is still a lot of this country that I’ve missed. The unwinding of lockdown was a great opportunity to start to put this right, and the Lake District was an obvious candidate. Of course I immediately fell in love with the place despite a discomfort with heights! The bones of the earth are very near the surface and the wildness and solitude stay with you long after you’ve arrived back in Spitalfields.
As a watercolourist, it’s challenging, because the light changes so quickly. My watercolour palette has been mostly developed for bright Mediterranean light, but this scene was such a vivid green that perhaps, in this case, that helped.
In terms of technique, the sky is ‘wet in wet’ and I managed to get some graining on the distant fells. The paper was thick enough to be able to use scratching to get the stone effect and take some weight out of the trees. Perhaps after another twenty years or so, I might get it right!
Title: From Windermere towards Fairfield, watercolour on paper, framed
Size: c45cm square, framed
Price: £275 (contact form, please include the title of the work)