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.

Littondale sketch

Littondale

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.

Light over Littondale underpainting in oil over pumice

Light over Littondale underpainting in oil over pumice

Then added depth and intensity…

Light over Littondale development

Light over Littondale development

Alongside this painting, I created a smaller study in different (more typical!) weather conditions.

 

Rain over Littondale

Rain over Littondale

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.

These paintings will be available to view and purchase from Pyramid Gallery from the 18th January 2019