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
Encaustic 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
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
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.
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.
Continuing Waterhead’s links with the art world within our local community, it was great to welcome five students from Lakes School who are studying A Level photography giving them an opportunity to experience photography within a commercial setting.
After a briefing from Lindsay Price, Deputy Manager at Waterhead, the students looked around and chose subject matter that fitted within defined categories such as Landscape, Movement, Surface Pattern, Architectural Features, Collections, Old & New.
Colin Fox has been part of the Japan Forum for almost as long as he has been the Group Marketing Manager at English Lakes. Japan has been our number one international market and this strong relationship is set to continue for many years to come. Japanese guests visit the Lake District for its rich cultural history and timeless landscape. Colin writes below about a new exhibition which combines both English and Japanese culture across the centuries.
At the end of June I was invited to go along to the official opening of the newest exhibition, Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets, at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. I suspect that I was invited in my capacity as Chairman of the Japan Forum or as a self-confessed Japanophile. I was certainly interested to see this collection of cross cultural works of visual and written word. The opening ceremony speeches included David Warren, current Chair of the Japan Society and ex British ambassador in Tokyo, who talked about the importance of a great relationship between Britain and Japan and the synergies between the two countries.
The Walking Poets : Wordsworth and Bashō
Brian Jenkins, Concierge at The Midland in Morecambe, is always in demand for his interesting and insightful tours of the hotel.
Guests from all over the world with an interest in architecture and history visit The Midland and Brian is happy to be in a position to enhance the guest’s experience by furnishing them with details of the original design and architect, Oliver Hill, the restoration, artwork by Eric Gill, Marion Dorn and Eric Ravilious as well as anecdotes of life in the hotel past and present.