Places I would like to be – The Lake District of England.
As I sit here in continued lockdown and recall our many and varied travel plans that have all come to nothing, I remember how for the past few years we had planned a short break in the The Lake District of England. To cap it all we now have snow! , not a lot just a few inches but that is enough to cause some travel chaos here, not that we can go anywhere anyway!
Frustrated by not being able to go anywhere or even meet people I resorted this week to guide books and the web for inspiration of the English Lakes and so for the past three days I have painted four watercolours of some of the many places that we would love to visit in and around the area of Cumbria, with its magnificent scenery.
Maybe later this year or next we will be able to visit and enjoy the scenery at first hand.
The Lake District today lies entirely in Cumbria and is home to the highest peaks in England. It covers over 1200 square miles of mountains and lakes.
The highest peak is Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet and this first watercolour tries to capture Scafell Pike and Scafell and the lake before them called Wasdale. With around 20 lakes and many Fells and Peaks the Lake District area is a very popular destination for visitors, hikers, painters, photographers and all outdoor pursuits as well as for it’s good accommodation ,and great food, and a warm welcome.
My second watercolour is of the delightful small town of Ambleside which lies at the Northern end of Lake Windermere and is very famous for the “Bridge House”.
The 17th Century house, originally built to store produce from fields on the far side of the Stock Beck, is one of the most curious and often painted houses in the Lake District.
Other bridge scene in the Lake District, this time of Stockley Bridge in Borrowdale. This very old packhorse bridge is one of many in the Lkae District.
My last watercolour, for now anyway, (there will be more when I can actually go there), is the view across Buttermere which is another popular watercolour artist’s view.
My inspiration here comes from photos and also a wonderful watercolour painting by Edward Wesson, an amazing 20th century English watercolorist who is an inspiration to myself and many artists.
Lockdown has reminded us of how many beautiful places we have to visit in the UK and with International travel some way off, even though we have now had the Covid Vaccine, there will be many places to plan visits to over the next year.
Wherever you are stay safe and well and like us please look forward to travel in the future.
Posted on February 10, 2021, in England, Landscape, Paintings from our travels, The Lake District, Travels with a Brush, Watercolours, Watercolours of Mountains and tagged Cumbria, England, Landscape, Paintings from our travels, The Lake District, travel, watercolors, Watercolours. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Hi Brian I always love looking at the places you paint and wish I could visit. I especially like the Bridge House how enchanting. Thank you so much for sharing your love of travel and painting.
Many thanks for your comments
Oh for the day when we can all travel again!
The Bridge House painting is really quite beautiful.
I love the Bridge House, Brian! May you and all of us be able to visit such beautiful places again soon!
What gorgeous paintings! Your water colours seem to convey a brilliant rustic edge to the wonderful landscape, and I truly hope you’re able to explore the real thing again soon. Recognising some of these sights is spectacular, and reminds me of the trip I was lucky enough to take last summer, which I just posted about if you’re interested!
Many thanks for the nice comments
I enjoyed reading your blog too and was interested to see you have been to Lake Bled.
Our trip there last year got cancelled but I have painted it many times for folk who had been there and wanted a reminder of their visits. I like doing these commissions.
The watercolours are in this blogs archives if you want to see them
Enjoy your travels