The Lake District

Went to the Lake District for the half term last week and had done some sketches on walks.

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They were drawn plein air with 0.5 micron ink pen in A4 cartridge sketchbook.  Later at home, I found them a bit flat and decided to colour them with watercolour and added more definition with dip pen and ink.  I am pleasantly surprised how much water this (Daler Rowney Ebony 160 g cartridge) sketchbook can take.

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The above is a quick pencil sketch of boats at Ambleside while waiting for the stream boat to Lakeside to catch the heritage train home.  It was a wonderful outing with all the glorious autumn colours in a sunny day.  Can’t ask for a better day.

We spent the following very wet day inside The Bowes Museum.  The collection was established by the founder John and Josephine Bowes and it is housed in a purposed built French chateau.  The building with it ground is impressive.  The quality of the collection is amazing.  Josephine herself was an accomplished painter.  Her paintings were displayed among her famous contemporaries in the picture gallery.

Two Canaletto The Bucintoro returning to the Molo on Ascension Day after the Ceremony of Wedding the Adriatic, c. 1730s, oil on canvas, Italian  Returning to the Molo and Regatta on the Grand Canal, c. 1730s, oil on canvas, Italian Regatta Both by Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768) were among the star attraction of the Bowes.  Both pictures are very skilfully compositioned and executed.  One thing I found particular interesting is though the linear perspective was perfectly depicted there are no changes of colour and level of details in distant objects, ie no aerial perspective.  Not sure whether the concept of aerial perspective is a modern thing well passed Canaletto’s time or I have misunderstood the master’s painting.

Another interesting thing I discovered in the Bowes was a number of small size ( about A4 or smaller) figure paintings.  They are quite detail and full figures.  I found them refreshing and quite apart from those often overly-sized and overly-closed cropped modern portraitures.

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