Friday, 21 March 2014

...and the Peak District

After Keswick, it was on to the Peak District.

The weather was, again, a tad blustery and cold.  Nevertheless, I managed to get some good photos of the fast-moving clouds over Castleton.  However, as far as Peaks in the Peak District, it always surprises me how, er...small they are.  And how the landscape always seems to be the colour of a post-war sitting room whenever I go.

But the shapes are fantastic, all Paul Nash.  Just look at this...

BTW, if you're looking for a place for lunch, try the Ladybower Inn (they've got a fantastic chutney that goes with the ploughmans).  It's a popular pub with cyclists, walkers and dog lovers, as there's plenty of seating outside where you can take in views of the reservoir.

And here's the Ladybower overflow, water engineering fans.  How sculptural is that?

The Castleton photos are also going to form part of the paintings that I'm currently working on in the studio.  It's not so much about the colours, it's going to be all about the shapes and the patterns of the landscape.

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