The painting above was my first modello tryptych, however the three equal panel format was not used due to the layout of the room. It was one of a number of layouts and panoramas that I explored a summery panoramic view from the lake. The colours I used were as determined by the season, by the Stone room itself, the immediate grounds of The Lingholm Estate and my walking and rowing explorations with watercolour and pochades (Small oil paintings made on location outdoors) The two thumbnails are part of a further group of watercolours taken from my sketch book or small works on paper. I used them to develop my visual knowledge of the area and as a record of the changing colours of the season.
Explorations in colour.
Once I had decided on the form of the individual tryptychs I was finally able to get creative. This coupled with gaining a studio on site meant that I could start to work in oils and acrylics. So I set of on a number of walks and rows armed with watercolours and my pochade box and tripod to caprture the quickly changing colours as summer bled into autumn. One of my main concerns was to get to know the detail right in each group of fells. Once I had this in my head I could then start to dismantle its structures and begin to give the viewer my version of what lay at both ends of this amazing Lake Derwentwater.
On this page you will find water colour and oil paintings of the Lake District. They were undertaken as a preliminary exploration of Derwenwater and the local fell. Undertaken from the shores at Lingholm and the Lingholm Islands
The Derwent Fells. The ordnance survey map shows the Derwent Fells central below Ard Knott and Keskadale inbetween the mass of Catbells, and Causey Pike. A row across to Derwent Island gives a splendid view up the Keskadale Valley to the bulk of Robinson and a distant Whiteless Pike. It is I think one of the best views on the Lake behind that of Borrowdale and Skiddaw. I painted this large panorama watercolour from the rowing boat alongside my mates the geese. Summer was turning into winter and the yachts scudded along brightly under a stiff warm breeze. Another halcyon days at Lingholm
Moving into autumn from the summer the weather became less wet and much warmer and I spent days studying the changing light and exploring new views of both north and south Derwentwater. Working in oils, acrylics and water colour I explored further modello variations that moved the visual away from the panorama to more of points of interest. A close view of the south shore with Borrowdales mountains glimsped above the wonderful Scots Pine and Larch trees here was a dominant steep Goat Crag soaring high above Borrowdals fanglike Jaws. The pewter grey crags of a new fell the mountainous and steep Sharp Edge on Blencathra glimsped across a chilled late autumn lake. A silvery Grey Crag below the high summit of Little Man appearing from the misted wrathes of an autumnal Keswick. A distant view of Scafells Great End in acrylics glimsped one morning from the Borrowdale Suite in Lingholms attic. A thumb nail try out in watercolour of the south tryptych and the one that was due to be develeoped into the final pieces for the south wall.