Monday, 28 January 2013

Drawing, In and Out of the Cold

John and I are lucky enough to have friends living in the north of the Lake District and this weekend we drove up to visit them. I took my sketchbook of course. 

It rained buckets to start with, but got brighter. There was not much of the snow left unfortunately, but the very tops still had enough to be lovely.

I did quite a lot of drawing through the car window, while we were on the move but, as you can see, I did brave the cold a few times.

Our friends took us to a magical place we had not heard of, called Castlerigg. 

It's an ancient stone circle set on a grassy plane, very high up in the hills and surrounded on all sides by an extraordinary view - literally 360 degrees of mountain tops. Fantastic.

I managed three drawings at Castlerigg. It was incredibly windy though, so really, really cold and there was only so long we could bare to stand there! 

As you can see, I was done up in layer upon layer of jumpers and coats and drew in my gloves. I had to hang on to my sketchbook really tightly - if the wind had snatched it, I would never have seen it again! 

You can see the rest of the sketches from the weekend (as well as lots more drawings from other days out) on my website here.


Cathy Holtom said...

It looks so're very brave!
The little ones loved your books by the way, many thanks.

Lynne the Pencil said...

Thank you Cathy. Say hello to the children from me!

Alison, Melbourne said...

This reminds me more of home than the place I grew up! My grandparents lived in Whitehaven and Seascale so I spent many childhood holidays in and around Keswick. Your sketches capture the mood well.

Sue Pownall said...

Gosh you are brave to draw outside in that weather. Lovely sketches as always.