Green and Pleasant land
Hands up who has had a rather damp holiday in the UK this year? Our green and pleasant land.
We were regularly reminded that, by going to the Lake District, what did we expect!
On one particularly wet afternoon, I mentioned it might be a nice idea to put on the waterproofs and walking boots and walk up the hill to Loughrigg Tarn to see the view of the Langdale Pikes (a particular favourite of mine). This idea fell on deaf ears until I mentioned a coffee and a treat en-route via the cafe Chesters by the River (amazing). So off we went!
On a sunnier day, or maybe with an evening sunset, the view across the tarn towards the Langdales would be truly stunning and apparently the water lilies can be pretty at the right time of year. So, we will return at a time on another holiday when the conditions are right.
Having had a super wet summer, I have enjoyed seeing how green the landscape is this year rather than the burnt browns and straw colours in previous dry summers.
I rarely* use a pre-mixed green in my watercolour art and have painted this little sample of the greens I have mixed using 6 colours. Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Lemon Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna and Permanent Mauve. Have I managed to match the colours in the photo? 😊
*recently I have been enjoying painting with ‘Undersea Green’ (Daniel Smith) in my palette which will form the subject of future blog post.
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Light on the Langdale Pikes (and two lovely swans)
View from the lounge window at Skelwith Bridge holiday cottage