I love the Yorkshire Dales and one of my favourites is Littondale. It’s a flat-bottomed glacial valley with a beautiful limestone-pavement river meandering through it. At the end, by the hamlet of Halton Gill, the road to Settle rises up and up. From that road there is the most stunning view looking down the Dale, so high you feel as if you’re flying.
I took my sketch book, and managed to paint it on a day when the afternoon light was strong and cast a distinct shadow across the valley.
I painted it in graphite and watercolour. The sketch is successful, but I wanted to get the intensity of the colours down.
I chose a large 1m square canvas for this subject, to get a sense of the scale and to allow the sky room to have presence.
First, I laid down pumice texture, to create depth and interest, then went in with the oils.
Then added depth and intensity…
Alongside this painting, I created a smaller study in different (more typical!) weather conditions.
Both of these will be developed a little more, and the smaller one will be framed (the large painting is a box canvas). I will update this blog with their progress.