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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Fancy a ridge walk?

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good ridge walk (weather permitting !)  - and I've painted two of my favourite ridges in the last 2 days, the first one is Striding Edge in the Lake District with Red Tarn below, I've had a few comments about the water looking out of perspective on this one and would be interested in your thoughts, particularly anyone who knows Striding Edge.  I might soften the blue so the tarn isn't so in yer face!!  The second painting, the magnificent Crib Goch which I'm itching to do again soon (weather permitting!). Crib Goch is the sort of ridge I'll only do on a dry, calm day as there's not a lot of room for manouevre up there and some rather steep drops either side!  For anyone interested there's a photo diary of my first walk on Crib Goch here in perfect conditions where you'll recognise the reference photo I used for the painting. I'm keen to practice more landscapes like this - a perfect way to combine my two favourite pastimes - painting the landscapes that I love ..... thanks for popping by, and as always I love to hear comments from fellow bloggers ..... take care x


Striding Edge and Red Tarn
by Sharon Whitley the Rambling Artist

Crib Goch and Snowdon
by Sharon Whitley the Rambling Artist

16 comments:

  1. It looks a bit scary to me as a lowland person, but amazing views! And great paintings, Sharon!

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    1. Thank you - there is just as much beauty to behold in the lowlands Judy - and you don't have to worry about falling off !!

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  2. Wow, fantastic rendering of these mountains...I am like Judy a lowland person, but I appreciate the beauty of the mountains !

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    1. Thank you so much Jane - you should get up in the mountains some day!

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  3. We'll soon be back up there, love them both!!

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  4. Todas tus pinturas son muy buenas. Me gusta tu blog porque pintas distintos temas: paisajes, bodegones, animales..., es un blog muy completo y ameno. Te felicito. ¡Saludos!

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  5. Gracias por visitarme Sonia e gracias por tus palabras, me inspiras hacer mas. Saludos!

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  6. I agree that the lake looks off... but I am unfamiliar with the area, I did a google search to find photographs... it is an ODD looking lake... and from the photos I found your perspective is correct... see this photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowan-castle/7235618284/
    I imagine people that have been up on this ridge will think your painting is spot on... the rest of us will go hum, what's up with that? LOL

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    1. you're right it does look odd even in photographs - I hadn't noticed that it looked off myself straight away as I am so familiar with the area and friends who know the area haven't commented on the lake either so you could have a point there !! Thanks for taking the time to comment Elaine and to search for it on google! Take care xx

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  7. I've always thought about doing some of these walks, they look so beautiful and inspiring. Your watercolour washes are really good. The tarn is possibly a little out of shape, but does that really matter, ask yourself did you enjoy painting this...if yes, then that's got to be a good thing.

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    1. yes I did enjoy painting it, the tarn does both me a bit but even in the ref photo I used, it looks odd! I'm planning on doing more of these so I'll hopefully not make the same mistake again, thank you for your comments - and you should go on these walks, wonderful places and reminders of the wonders of beauty and nature - I absolutely love being up there

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  8. Love the paintings. You have captured the feeling of height and space beautifully.

    I think it is only the way the light is falling on the water which makes it look off. We all know water lies flat, but the shadow of the hillside 'inside" the water on the far side makes it 'look' lopsided. I am having similar problems painting the hot pools of Yellowstone. The ground under the flat transparency of the water is shadowed in weird shapes.

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    1. thank you Julie and I was thinking the same thing about lifting the shadow I've made on the far side and toning down the blue somewhat, glad you like them, thanks for popping by!

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  9. Beautiful how you painted the top of the mountain in the first painting. In both paintings the colors are great. You can see that you're more often in such environments. Very nice Sharon!

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    1. thank you renate, glad you like the colours - I'm playing around with colour palettes for these types of landscapes and seeing which I like - and trying to make a note of them for future reference as I usually forget! how are those waxwings coming along?

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  10. I love your paintings of your mountain walks. You use both dry and wet techniques--something I wish I did in my paintings. And, well, I wish I were walking in the Lake District too: maybe someday.
    Saw you on PMP and came over--very glad I did. You're very versatile!

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