Landscape Paintings of  the  Lake District .The Lingholm Estate Collection .


Resident Artist  Rob Miller RSA

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Rob Miller at Lingholm Blog

Lake District Artist . Rob Miller . Lingholm Blog


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Its now, at the time of writing  just 18 months since I started work at Lingholm painting in Derwentwater. . The that the dust from the rennovations has settled and the gardeners begun their task of nuturing the estates environment towards beauty I have begun to revist the  grounds and gardens.

This blog is a way of showing you what I am up to, and share some artist notes and expressions along with new images.


Rob Miller October 7th 2016 Lingholm



By Rob Miller, Mar 13 2018 03:58PM

I painted this view as part of a new watercolour series that focusses on the grounds and gardens of the historic Lingholm Estate. Lingholm is situated in the heart of England's Lake District. In spring its grounds are massed with golden bobbing flowers. Daffodils were made iconic in William Wordsworth poem "I wandered Lonely as a cloud", though Wills poem is set in Grasmere it could equally have been set in Lingholms picturesque grounds. The path in the lower painting and view is possibly one of Beatrice Potters favourites; across the lawn from the house, lie stunning views of the high Catbells Fellside and then once through the trees and down towards the Lakeside was the spot were she painted Herbert's island as an illustration that appeared in her Peter Rabbit story. On the right of the main house is the terrace where Beatrice was photographed with her father and her brother and where she painted many of her watercolours en plein air.

Lingholm Spring Daffodils
Lingholm Spring Daffodils
Lingholm Springtime fornt lawn
Lingholm Springtime fornt lawn

By Rob Miller, Nov 7 2017 04:26PM

I've jotted down a few notes here about an afternoon I had. I'm going to try and do more of these so that you can get a feel of my working life as an artist painting in the beautiful English Lake District and Lingholm in particular.

I had a great time last Friday at the Herberts Centre in Keswick with Keswick Arts Society. I managed two demonstrations the first 45 minutes with a triptych watercolour of the Northern Derwentwater Fells this was a real gamble watercolour on this scale can easily go wrong but even with the short time slot, I think I did well. Challenging oneself is the only quick way to develop and test your skills and mentally your concentration whether its in private or in public. if you do and it comes off then watercolour is amazingly good at looking bright and fresh...perfect really as it keeps this fresh quality forever.

After tea came the second half. I had pre stretched some Windsor and Newton oil paper and had prepared a box of all the materials I would need so I got straight into making a sepia painting using Pip Seymour Acrylics AKA. I covered the whole sheet in a light wash of lemon and raw sienna and whilst still wet had some fun wiping it off with a cloth, moving the paint around the surface, before painting with a cloth , brush anything in my box trying out all sorts of non traditional ways in order to quickly get to an image that I liked. The Art society members appeared to love it, this method is not only quick fun but also produces some stunning work by some of the UK's leading artists. At the end of the demo we talked about using this technique for a full day workshop in the new year.

By Rob Miller, Sep 19 2017 11:42AM

Since my last Lingholm article, almost a year ago I have spent some time developing a number of new lines and themes based around the views of the Main house from the Walled kitchen Garden. I have also revisited the Local fells and meandered alongside the Lake shore. I've also spent some time making a series of en plain air pochades 24x30cm of the small areas of the Garden and Green house on the micro areas that interested me visually. On any normal day my artistic focus is usually and totally based on my views of a landscape or a coastal scene. Its work that I have been engaged in for some years. So it was a good and valid use of time to tear myself away and explore afresh all the new challenges that engaging within a micro landscape would throw up.

The image above is one of five studies in Wallace Seymour acrylic paint titled "Kitchen Gardens, East Gate and flower bed". The warm Victorian Manchester brick stands out against the cool Cumbrian blue slate and local stone of the main house and chimneys in the background. It replicates a part of the Lakeland gardening theme of the grand houses. The theme starts with the taming of nature, then containment and finally its replacement. A riot of blue and mauve flowers contrast with a shock of yellows constrained in tidy edged flower beds. For the painter at first sight it seems that the canvas has been made, that the colours are already chosen, that the structures of planting determine each brushstrokes and that its only the movement of plants in the wind, the changing light and seasons that create nuances and circumstances to be explored. On a deeper level I also became very interested in the individual shaped/ forms of flowers such as this study below titled "Lingholm Kitchen Garden Allium." Plants also compete for light and space and I was interested to see how they work together as in the lower oil titled "Lingholm Kitchen Garden Daisies and Carnations"

The problem with painting flowers is that there are so much going on with all the structural aspects of each plants, the bed layout, the colour, form seasonal changes. Though the studies in both acrylics and oils had helped me to look at the House and Garden I felt that they were to detailed. I felt myself moving more towards a colourist abstraction as in the detail below titled "Lingholm Kitchen Garden Sunlight and wind North Bed June 17"

This abstraction fitted into the direction that I needed my work to go in. I need the viewer to recognise Lingholm and the plants as well as taking an abstracted visual journey. The whole issue of developing a body of work on the estate was about creating a 20C impression that moved 2D art further along the continuum of modernism since Lakeland artwork was begun by the likes of Beatrice Potter in the 19C. It became important to me, whilst I sat painting amongst the flowers to represent their colour as well as the overall feeling of joy that emanated from the Kitchen and from the garden as people enjoyed their day. The flowers created a warm colourfield that lift the cool lakeland greys.

The greys here are not the drab urban grey of a dull day. Generally its fair to say that a typical start to a lakeland summers day is a soft silvery one that turns gold as the suns strength grows. Its a subject matter that has attracted painters and poets to this iconic part of the world and has contributed to world heritage award for this very beautiful landscape.As in my oil painting below titled "Early Morning down by the Lake at Lingholm"

Grey mist lies over the valleys and lakes, it's the hope of the suns presence to warm the coolness of the day that makes the expectation poetic. How the tendrils of mist lift aloft to show towering steep crags and shrouded woods. Cool silvers changing subtly the wonderful bright tones of the day. Whether you see this from the Lake shore or from your boat as in the pochade oil painting below titled "Causey Pike and the Lingholm Foreshore viewed from Mid Lake" The lakeland artists day is one of continued visual fascination throughout the day.

Towards the end of June I was fortunate to meet with met with some members of the Keswick Art Society and we arranged along with the Seymour Family for me to give a talk in the Stone Room on the "Derwentwater Fells triptychs" and their preparation. Alongside Pip and Rebecca from Wallace Seymour fine art who gave a talk on their amazing fine art materials. After which we enjoyed a plate each of the mouth watering Lingholm Kitchen Scones and tea. At some point I hope to make the notes I kept into a further article on this site.

The area surrounding Lingholm is full of wonderful places to explore, walk and paint both along Derwentwater from Newlands down to the Castle Crag and beyond. As ever I made use of this when I packed my pochade box of paints to get out and about. I produced a number of smaller paintings in oils. An example is the painting in oils titled "Dalehead in July" below.

All the works featured in this article are available directly from myself and can be seen at the Lingholm Kitchen where prints are available.

Lake District Art  Flower Bed CottageStyle  Lingholm Garden
Lake District Art Flower Bed CottageStyle Lingholm Garden
Lake District Art Blue Allium Lingholm Garden
Lake District Art Blue Allium Lingholm Garden
Lake District Art Allium Lingholm Garden
Lake District Art Allium Lingholm Garden
Lake District Art Lingholm Garden East Gate Watercolour
Lake District Art Lingholm Garden East Gate Watercolour

By Rob Miller, Aug 22 2017 01:14PM

This palette knife painting in oils is off a peaceful part of the grounds at Lingholm. The garden is dedicated to the memory of Bryony Kemp who sadly died aged 16 following a riding accident. The pond is situated near to what was the Chapel with the waterlillies make a central feature. See for more information

Waterlilies Bryony's  Garden Lingholm
Waterlilies Bryony's Garden Lingholm
Bryony with her older brother StJiohn Kemp  outside Lingholm
Bryony with her older brother StJiohn Kemp outside Lingholm
The gate to the garden
The gate to the garden

By Rob Miller, Aug 14 2017 08:54PM

It was great to be back with my pochade box and gear painting along the Derwentwater shore line. I should have been painting the complexities of the garden but I had left the rabbits in peace and had decided that early morning quiet time for me, was best spent on the shores of Derwentwater . It’s a natural place for contemplation a soft breeze rippling the surface of the lake moving the reflections of the Lingholm Islands muted mauves indistinct in front of the distant Walla Crag all waiting for the first gentle rays of the sun. I could almost see Beatrice Potter sitting further along the shoreline watercolours in hand as she painted Herbert’s Island. Here are two of my oil paintings; pochade’s in oils 30x24 cm

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