The Yorkshire Dales in Spring
Over the last couple of weeks Wensleydale has been changing daily as winter moves into spring. I drove to Carperby to teach a painting group a few days ago. Carperby is on the North side of the Dale where the views across the valley are dominated by Penhill and, a little further up the Dale, to where Ladyhill stands, topped with pine trees.
Ladyhill was planted with Scots pines for Queen Victoria's jubilee. Its a glacial moraine - a pile of stones dropped when a glacier slowed down - and it had another name before being called Ladyhill but no-one seems to know what it was (including the farmer whose sheep now crop the hill).
This is a great time to be painting - the spring light bleaching the greys of the stone walls, the chill morning mists still hazing the vision in the valley bottoms, the sky punctuated by curlews and peewits.
I'm working on an exhibition called The High Country at the moment which is mostly about the landscape around the Dale head - the Three Peaks, Ribblehead, Cam and Dodd Fells - and its a wonderful thing to fill your eyes with these iconic places and then try to capture them in paint on paper. Here are a few I've done so far for the exhibition. I hope you like them.
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