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10-08-2013, 05:24 PM
Hello all! I have had this on the go for a long time, and every time I sit down to it I immediately find something that seems more important to do! It's time get down to business. I took many photos on my last trip to Great Britain in 2008. We stayed in Ambleside for a week and drove and walked the area. I posted a few photos some time ago.

Finally last spring I started to paint one of my favourite scenes, the view down to Ambleside and Lake Windermere from the Kirkstone Pass road. The road up to the pass from Ambleside is known locally as 'The Struggle'! and indeed it is interesting, being mainly one lane with passing pullouts.

I'm working from several reference shots, and improvising as well. These are the main ones:



Here is where I have got to so far. The day had been off and on sun and overcast, and we were dreading more rain....had the proverbial flood the first time we attempted the pass, so were crossing our fingers! I tried to get the effect of possible rain in the sky, and want to try for patches of sun in the fields. I am adding in the bracken and foxglove in the foreground as I saw so much of it in my travels. Need to add another spike I think.

12x16inches gallery wrap, limited palette FUB, transparent yellow, raw sienna, burnt sienna, permanent alizarin eventually, on gallery wrap Arches 140lb CP. May be some cobalt in the sky, can't remember, it's been so long!


I will include the stone wall in the foreground, but not all the way across, so I hope it will not be too much of a barrier. There will be sheep in the field, and possibly a vehicle on the road in lower left. I am hoping if I have it posted here I will continue to work on it, I have done the hillside on the left in the last week.

I have washed out the far hillside several times as it was always too dark on the left hand side where I want it to appear sunlit, and it could be lighter even so. Next time I will give it more distance, but for now I can't lift any more from it.

Thanks for looking, your input is welcomed.

10-08-2013, 06:43 PM
Coming along nicely Lynn. Kirkstone Pass (http://goo.gl/maps/W1Li2) is indeed a struggle.


10-09-2013, 11:57 AM
Thanks Doug! and thanks for the link, we did see the Inn but it was pelting rain and we just went home again. Took the photos on a much nicer day. Wikipedia lists that inn as the third largest in England, certainly doesn't look very special, but I'm sure any climbers would be happy to see it!

10-09-2013, 12:13 PM
Great view from the Struggle. Until a month ago, that was my daily commute.

10-09-2013, 01:11 PM
I hope it will come close to the reality, Mike, thanks for looking. I don't envy anyone who has to drive that road on a daily basis!

I really like your Borrowdale painting! Love those views of the field patterns.

10-09-2013, 02:52 PM
Lynn, little did I know when I commented on your link back in 2008 that a trip to the Lake District would be in my future! I loved Lake Windermere. Your painting is just lovely so far. Such lovely greens and your brooding sky is great. Keep at it girl! :D

10-09-2013, 03:58 PM
I hope it will come close to the reality, Mike, thanks for looking. I don't envy anyone who has to drive that road on a daily basis!

I really like your Borrowdale painting! Love those views of the field patterns.

Thank you Lynn! This is looking great so far and really captures the mood of the place.


10-10-2013, 06:13 AM
Really like what you've done so far - beautiful country.

10-10-2013, 08:49 AM
Glad you like it, Darla, I am enjoying it, and think back fondly to being there as I work on it.

Thanks, Mike.

Thanks Jan, I just hope I can keep some unity, doing it spaced out in time like this. Life is just too complicated!

10-10-2013, 08:18 PM
Hi Lynn... I really like what you've done so far... I'm not sure a vehicle would add value to your composition, but I'm excited to see the sheep! Keep going!

10-10-2013, 09:23 PM
Can't wait to see how this goes for you, love the beautiful washes.

10-11-2013, 07:41 PM
I'm waiting for that stone wall...nice start and will be watching you fill in the white spaces.

10-12-2013, 10:58 AM
Thanks, Char! I was waffling about the vehicle, just wanted it as a reminder of the farm nestled in the valley...wanted to put the farm in too..then decided that the painting is about the rolling fields and the expansive view, and sheep will set the scale too.

Thanks, Bluesman!

Yes, Suzanne, that's the next stage, get the first wash on there. Thanks for looking! First my class today and get that one done, then back to this.

10-17-2013, 11:44 AM
Come on, don't keep us waiting.....

Mike :)

10-17-2013, 12:08 PM
Thanks for the prompt, Mike, I just thought that I should do some of that today......you must have been sending thought waves!

10-17-2013, 01:36 PM
I was!

10-18-2013, 04:39 PM
I worked a little on this yesterday, base wash on the wall and added a new foxglove spike to the right of the other two (different miskit).

Now I have to prepare for class tomorrow (as in do the homework!) and so will be back with this early next week.


Thanks for looking!

04-08-2014, 01:25 PM
Well, it is next week, but months down the road! sorry about that, but things intervened. I really appreciate all your comments above!

I've got a bit more done, and hope I can continue now. The sheep are still masked but a bit more obvious. I had a closer one drawn in, but he didn't want to stay, so I removed him :) I was stewing over wanting to include the farm in the lower left space, finally decided it should go in, but no detail. That band above is trees and that shouldn't take long. The stones in the wall and the foliage of the flowers are bothering me the most, and I just have to do it and stop waffling. I intend to soften the stones once I have it all done.


04-08-2014, 02:42 PM
I've often wondered how this one was coming along so I'm happy to see you reviving it. It's looking lovely so far.


04-08-2014, 04:19 PM
:thumbsup: :clap: Good for you Lynn, back at it.

04-08-2014, 04:24 PM
Thanks, Mike and Darla!

01-06-2015, 12:22 PM
Well, this must be the slowest WIP ever! Along with other New Year's resolutions, I found this, and it has taken one step closer to finish. Still need to darken that band of lower foliage, and more foreground work, but I am determined to finish it this week. The actual painting is somewhere between this image and the previous one, this photo is a bit washed out but I can't seem to get it right.


01-06-2015, 12:36 PM
Stick with it Lynn.


01-06-2015, 08:28 PM
Good on you, Lynn! Looking so good!

01-06-2015, 11:22 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, Doug and Char....I need to work on values and sort out my perspective in the fields, always good to see it on the screen.

Scene Chaser
01-06-2015, 11:44 PM
This will be great, Lynn. Can't wait to see it finished.

01-07-2015, 12:02 PM
SOOOOOoooo beautiful Lynn, I'm anxious to see it finished.

01-07-2015, 12:40 PM
Thanks Bill and Darla, getting set up right now!

M.L. Schaefer
01-08-2015, 11:05 PM
I second the above posts....just beautiful, and I await the finish! I'm so glad you "found" it again, and decided to work on it again!!!! Hurrah for you!


01-09-2015, 05:56 AM
Missed this when you started it, Lynn, but I'm glad I caught up with it now.

It is really coming along beautifully. Looking forward to seeing your next steps. :D


01-09-2015, 12:33 PM
Thanks Margarete and Char, you all inspire me to finish.....some housekeeping things in the way, I am inching along :)

01-09-2015, 02:34 PM
I just saw this thread for the first time, Lynn.

What a beautiful, delicate watercolour landscape! I'd love to escape into it right now!

Looking forward to the finish!

Cheers, Anne

01-25-2015, 11:09 AM
One more step done, took me forever, I was having trouble with the values, and I think I know where I'm going now. Have to finish off the wall and expose the foxglove.....and maybe adjust some more values in the fields.

This is a better photo than the last one.


01-25-2015, 11:25 AM
Coming along nicely Lynn. Maybe was out a couple of sails on the lake?


01-25-2015, 02:13 PM
Thanks Doug! I'll think about it :).....might do a gouache with a different approach.

01-26-2015, 02:25 PM
I'm going to call it done....actually overdone! But I learned a lot and know what I would do differently next time....don't overwork, keep the washes fresh, work out values ahead of time. This looks better here than in person as the darker values on the left side improve it. But snowing hard out there and can't get the right light to photograph. Over all I am pleased and will do it again.


Thanks for looking!

01-26-2015, 02:31 PM
You said it was done Lynn, but your signature says C&C always welcome :evil: I would darken the cracks in the foreground stone wall to increase the depth of the landscape.


01-26-2015, 02:41 PM
That was quick Doug! yes, I agree. I was just glossing over the wall, as it was getting messy, but some detail there would match that in the foxgloves as well.

01-26-2015, 03:00 PM
It does improve it considerably Doug, thank you.


01-26-2015, 03:08 PM
If the foreground wall was darker and more saturated it would increase the effect: