English Lake District – inspiring art

Jean Grazier begins our series of blogs from artists living and working in close proximity to our Lake District hotels. In December through to February we will feature one of Jean’s paintings in our Reception area at the Waterhead in Ambleside.

Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead

Displayed at Reception, painting of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead

“I was born in Manchester and my interest in painting began early whilst at school. However, it wasn’t until retirement to the Lake District that I found the opportunity to renew my school-day passion for painting. Various workshops and courses were then pursued in order to develop my skills. My tutors included the late pastellist, Christopher Asheton-Stones and Tiana Marie who taught and supervised my O.C.N.W. course. Courses in botanical illustration at the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird, Windermere, as well as at Higham Hall, contributed to my interest in floral painting”. Continue reading

iPad Art – accessible to all!

Nevil Jeffery, General Manager at Low Wood Bay has recently caught the Art bug, inspired to create digital art after meeting the iArt master J.A.C…

Twelve months ago I came across the guru of the “dark side” of iArt, Joseph Connor (J.A.C.) founder of #seensend. I love the concept – encouraging people to get out and about and capture an image on a mobile device. Once the image gets the J.A.C. stamp of approval, he rewards the photographer with a piece of art created on his iPad.

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Children creating art at Artober

Children creating art at Artober

Sophia Newton, owner of the Loovre Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale and founder of annual Artober festival embraced this new art medium and invited Joseph to attend the week long, interactive art exhibition at Low Wood Bay. This radical but simple method of producing art provides an accessible, affordable medium which appeals to all age-groups. Let’s face it, taking a hand-held electronic tablet into the great outdoors is a little more practical than a large canvas! Continue reading

Video: Sine Dubio Free Lake District Art Festival

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The Sine Dubio FREE Art Festival returns to Low Wood Bay with Artober from 28th October to 3rd November 2013.

In this video Sophia Newton, event organiser explains what this unique Lake District event is all about.

Thank you to Adrian Naik for sharing the video with us.

Seen Send: the Next Generation of Art inspired by the Lake District

Low Wood Wonder inspired by @cumbrianblondie

Low Wood Wonder inspired by @cumbrianblondie

We love the Lake District and we are always on the lookout for new photography from our guests and visitors to the national park to share and inspire. Artist, J.A.C has taken the search for local photography one step further and is inviting walkers and photographers to share the images they capture.

By using the hashtag #seensend on twitter users can send their images to J.A.C. who will select three that inspire him the most. He will send the winner a copy of the art they have influenced free of charge.

SeenSend rewards people who share wonderful places via social media with art. Continue reading

Live Chainsaw Wood Carving in the Lake District

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This weekend Low Wood Bay hosted the first ever Sine Dubio Lake District art festival. The Free festival championed the work of 15 artists from across northern England (including nine local Cumbrian artists).

Andy Levy, Wood Sculptor creates beautiful wood sculptures and tree carvings using traditional tools and chainsaws, and over the two day’s he created a carving of a Wild Boar, live on the lawns of Low Wood Bay with an audience. The finished Wild Boar will soon be place at The Wild Boar Inn to greet guests.

Picture Perfect Views Framed Ahead of New Arts Festival

View Framed of Langdale Pikes

View Framed of Langdale Pikes

Have you see the giant picture frame is touring the Lake District this month?

Our spectacular mountainous landscape of the Lake District has long been a sought-after destination by artists – inspiring old masters such as Constable and Turner, as well as modernists like Kurt Schwitters.

The large four metre by two metre frame has been positioned to show off some of the area’s most spectacular views to visitors, and residents, and allow them to pause and reflect on how the area’s natural beauty has inspired art. Continue reading

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder!

My very first attempt at watercolours under the guidance of Dawn.

It was with a sense of excitement and, I confess, trepidation that I arrived at Waterhead for a weekend of Lake District Watercolour Painting, one in a series of events hosted by English Lakes. Signing up for something like this can feel a little like putting your creative neck on the line!

Testing the water over our champagne and canapé reception on the Friday evening, I tentatively threw out a line about having not ever really done anything like this before. I was pleasantly surprised, and not a little relieved, to discover that we were all novices, and all nervous about our impending foray into the world of paint, colour, tone, perspectives and vanishing points.  Having established our common fragility, we relaxed and enjoy a sumptuous three-course dinner whilst Dawn Pretty, our artist in residence, outlined what the weekend might hold, promising us that we would all have a work of art to hang on our wall by the end of the weekend. Continue reading