Holiday Book Review – See More

There’s plenty of literature around these days that can make motorists feel that they are gas guzzling galumphs bent on desecrating the landscape. Especially in places of outstanding beauty like the Lake District. It’s refreshing, therefore, to find a publication that is dedicated simply to the wonder of what can be discovered when using bus, bicycle, boat and boots – without lashings of guilt trip on the side. Continue reading “Holiday Book Review – See More”

Waterhead Inspiring Art – Stroppy Herdwicks

Continuing Waterhead’s link with Ambleside and District Art Society, for the next months we are featuring a painting by local artist, Liz Savage, inspired by a meeting with a few Herdwick ewes.  Continue reading “Waterhead Inspiring Art – Stroppy Herdwicks”

Inspiring Art – The Gondola Sails for Home

Waterhead enjoys a close link with local artists in our community. For the next few months we are hosting a work by Mike Labrum entitled, ‘Evening, The Gondola Sails for Home’. Continue reading “Inspiring Art – The Gondola Sails for Home”

Supplier Spotlight: Rebekah’s Encaustic Art

Local artist Rebekah Claire Matthews will be showcasing some of her art, created using melted beeswax at The Festival of Smoke at The Wild Boar. Ahead of the festival we take the time to learn more about this ancient form of painting…

Encaustic Art, an ancient form of painting

art5Encaustic art is an ancient form of painting using coloured beeswax which is applied to card using an iron. The word “Encaustic” comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos”, which means “to burn in”.

Rebekah has spent the last few years developing and perfecting her skills and knowledge of Encaustic art afterfirst being introduced to the medium by local arts and crafts specialist Marilyn Hale.

Encaustic Art is an ancient form of painting which uses melted beeswax to which coloured pigments have been added.  This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300AD.  Rebekah is one of only a handful of artists in Cumbria to specialise in the art-form. Continue reading “Supplier Spotlight: Rebekah’s Encaustic Art”

Lake District Photography Competition Winners

The Lake District – our home and host to almost 15 million visitors each year. Spectacular landscapes, dramatic scenery, the highest mountain and the deepest lake. A haven for walkers, climbers, paddlers, sailors, artists, families and photographers! We asked you to send us your photographs and we have been overwhelmed by the breadth and scope of what your lens’ have captured.

With over 200 images covering a huge range of subjects in our recent Facebook competition, Stuart Holmes, professional photographer and author of Photographing The Lake District has had a mammoth task selecting his top three. The results are in… Continue reading “Lake District Photography Competition Winners”

Inspiring Art – Christine Baines at Waterhead

Continuing Waterhead’s links with the art world within our local community, our latest painting featured at Waterhead Reception is a magnificent winter scene by Christine Baines of Ambleside and District Art Society.

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Holiday Book Review: Photographing The Lake District

Here at English Lakes we scour the Internet looking for all things Lake District to share with our guests and followers. When we came across some of Stuart Holmes awe-inspiring Lake District paragliding photography we were hooked! We waited patiently for the release of Stuart’s new book, Photographing the Lake District to feature it in our ‘Holiday Book Review’ blog series.


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