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