View Full Version : Kettlewell - 'The Fridge Wall'

09-25-2005, 04:15 AM
Just a thought to recreate the 'Fridge Wall' from Dale House. Come one come all lets see them all, those that were good, those that were bad, and those that aren't finished ..........like mine, well you know me I'll get roun2it!!

This is my first ever 'outside painting' I was pretty pleased, it didn't start too well, just as I had finished the pencil work a bird flew by and pooped all over the sheet. Art crtic or what!!

This is Castle Bolton, it was windy and cold and not the sort of day to convince me that painting outside was a good idea. But we had a great time. Will finish this one.

A very pleasent afternoon, spent outside the pub painting the pub across the road. Again not finsihed but will complete this one.

This was the 1st demo I did to the group that went to West Bradford waterfall, Doug asked me to demo the trees once he had seen them so this was the effort. It was taking ages to dry so after showing how the spatter was done, I turned around and painted a bridge. I finished that one. It was on the wall but I gave it to DavidBR and forgot to take a photo of it.

This one is the painting I did for the challenge this week, but use the image as the demo outside the pub in Kettlewell. This is a creek in Bowmanville, Canada, painted outside a pub in the Yorshire Dales, does this count as 'plein air' :D :evil: The finished painting can be seen in the Gallery.

Come on everyone lets see the labours of all that work!!

09-25-2005, 05:10 AM
Well here they are - my PA efforts from Kettlewell.

Mos require some studio work to finish them off, but that is normal for me.
My Bridge:
The arch is too flat. Captured Dominic in red PA painting and Sharon and Pam in the background.

Then I sat by the public toilets and did an ink and wash of the smithy and street scene:

Next came our trip to West Burton Falls. What an experience, we were all set up in the river bed with the roar of the falls making it impossible to talk. The ripples require softening and some more darks into the trees:

We then went on to Castle Bolton where we painted in a full gale:

Next morning I got out early and painted the river from Sharon's seat. Not one of my best:

Later went to Barden Tower with Jean, Pat and Joyce. Lots of foreground texture and shadows to the walls required:

Then we went on to Bolton Abbey - a wonderful spot:

Thursday morning I went to St Mary's churchyard with Kate and Dieter to paint the church. The foreground flower bed requires finishing:

Thursday afternoon I had fun sketching and painting the garage opposite Dale House. I really loved the ink sketch, but will have to work on the washes:

And here's my Yupo cabbage :rolleyes: It's like painting on polythene - not for me! :eek:

All in all a very enjoyable week and every time I look at these I will remember the sights and sounds of Wharfedale and the wonderful friendships we made there.


09-25-2005, 05:55 AM
Doug you were the Master at Kettlewell and without your influence and encouragement I don't think we would have got some people outside, me for one.

So I raise my hat to you. Thanks for sorting out such an enjoyable week :clap: :clap: :clap:

Funnily enough I like the ones which you loosen up on, the waterfall and the cabbage are bril!!!!

To see what others produced at Kettlewell see HERE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3910087#post3910087)

09-25-2005, 07:32 AM
Lots of paintiongs Doug you sure were busy..

I really like the first and the 3rd one.. The 8th one will look lovely when you have finished the flower beds.

I must say I admire anyone who paints pleine aire, it is not easy..

09-25-2005, 07:33 AM
Woo-Hoo yes please I would love to see all the paintings..:)

09-25-2005, 08:27 AM
Wow, Doug... that's quite a body of work!!! The finished ones are lovely and painted in your recognizable style... the unfinished already look terrific and I hope you work on them and post updates...

09-25-2005, 08:29 AM
These are terrific, Kev!!! Lucky Kettlewellians... seeing your splatter technique up close and personal... Lucky David, getting one of your paintings!!!

09-25-2005, 08:48 AM
OK, the warts ands all collecion Part #1
184 - The Pub - never got into this as it was buildings :D
185: color experiment,just trying to get the greens right for environment
186 - How to kill a portrait part #1
187 - How to kill a portrait part 2 (the light was awful - thats my excuse I stick to it
188 - my ACEO flower challenge

09-25-2005, 09:00 AM
190 - By The bridge @ Kettlewell Quarter Sheet
191 - Terry Harrison Brush experiment 6x4 Sketchbook
192 - Waterfall PA See http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=297008
193 - Yupo #1 Experiment: Big Bang
194 - Yupo #2 Experiment - A bit Early...
195 - Waterfall Studio Ver: see http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=297008
196 - Window in pub
197 - Burnsall Bridge - tried to keep it loose, no drawing just painted it...

09-25-2005, 09:04 AM
Hi Doug :wave:

Great paintings !

I like the street scenes best - especially the garage - it was just a "blast from the past" ! You have even caught the mechanic working on the school bus !!

The arch way on the bridge WAS just like that !

Your Yupo cabbage is lovely too

Thanks for organising a great week :clap: :clap: :clap:


09-25-2005, 09:49 AM
Thanks Nina, I loved the garage, and may paint it again as a half sheet. I love the detail.

Thanks Judy, Char - I'll post the better ones in the Gallery when they are finished. Never did get up to the studio this morning. Call me "Mr Procrastination" :rolleyes:


Lynn Quinn
09-25-2005, 10:48 AM
What a great bunch of paintings, Doug! Especially like the church, and the waterfall will be lovely when done!

09-25-2005, 01:09 PM
You've been really busy, Doug!! What a bunch of real nice PA's!!!!
Couldn't say which one i like best, they all are sooo great.
You are very good with landscapes, nice greens.
I love that Yupo cabbage: fantastic.



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09-25-2005, 01:26 PM
Oh wow, Kev!! i do love your bright colours!! and i would like to see that waterfall finished, looks like a winner already.

Hey Dominic, you've done some great paintings!!! The pub window and bridge are fantastic. My favorite is the painting of the fields, WOW!!



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09-25-2005, 01:34 PM
Wow! Wanderful work Yorky! as I see you were really hard working there :)))) I love all.

09-25-2005, 01:40 PM
Enjoyed viewing your work from Kettlewell. It also sounds as if you were a great organizer for the event! :D


09-25-2005, 02:05 PM
Great show.
You were all very industrious !
Bravo !

09-25-2005, 02:21 PM
Here's my bridge :D

still working on it

those arches are a killer :evil:


09-25-2005, 02:31 PM
Looks good, folk! :D


09-25-2005, 02:54 PM
Hey Kev,pooh bear suits you :D,maybe i'll have to change mine to a tiny house :D
Dominic,where did all those paintings come from.
My Kettlewell paintings,first up on orders from General Yorkie,our mission,to go and paint the bridge,and not to come back until we had done it.
2nd one is downstream of the waterfall,there was a pool of calm clear water with pebbles and rocks in the bed of the stream,i thought it would be a good exercise to get that effect in the painting,also at the top there was some fast running water hitting the rocks with spuming white water,being fairly new to watercolour i haven't done that yet,not really sure how to either :D
3rd one quick watercolour pencil sketch of tyhe tea rooms next to Dale House,maybe ref for a painting later.

4th one,another watercolour pencil sketch of the narrow bridge in the village,didn't put the sheep in they were moving too quick :D


5th one,zoomed in on the doorway of the Racehorses pub,again maybe a ref for a painting of which i would like to include people,not finished due to all the disruptions,beer delivery lorries blocking our view,low flying aircraft and morris dancers,Andy refused to join in and wave his hankies about :D
And time out to watch Kev and David's Demo's

Last of all watercolour on Yupo plastic paper,just an experiment Kate got us to do,the first one started out alright then got overworked and erased,this is the second go,sorry it seems a bit blurred.


09-25-2005, 03:39 PM
nice body of work, I'd say

and I would have LOVED to see you playing on YUPO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09-25-2005, 03:42 PM
LOL Pam, I just can't see the logic of painting with watercolours on plastic - they are incompatible!

OK I admit some of the accidental effects are "interesting" ;)


09-25-2005, 04:19 PM

09-25-2005, 09:50 PM
WOOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fabulous paintigns all of them.

I do Love your bridge Nina, that is one beautiful painting. The best of the lot .:)

Lynn Quinn
09-25-2005, 10:05 PM
Guilli, I really like your last two, the doorway, and the portrait. That amazes me, as I find it hard to do anything that realistic on Yupo. Great job.

09-26-2005, 02:57 AM
Hi again

Here are the rest of my PA's, all need more work, some more than others.

The infamous Racehorses Hotel, Kettlewell


Chestnut Cottage, Kettlewell

River Wharfe, near the bridge, Kettlewell

The footpath to Conistone Dib

We found thie above path completely by accident - it was an amazing gorge, cut out of the limestone hillside.


09-26-2005, 03:02 AM
Gosh Nina these are absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You sure are one heck of a fine Artist!!!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

09-26-2005, 03:04 AM
Nina - you didn't show me these at Kettlewell - they are lovely.

I particularly admire the gorge.


09-26-2005, 04:02 AM
Thanks Doug & JJ

Always been shy - you see ! :o :o


09-26-2005, 04:10 AM
Thanks Doug & JJ

Always been shy - you see ! :o :o


Oh please don't be. Please post all your work, it is awesome .......truly................

09-26-2005, 05:29 AM
What a terrific thread and here was I thinking you were all vegging out in Kettlewell...a fine body of work by a fine body of workers....Well done folks.....definitely putting next year's Get-Together on my To-Do list....Hmmmmmmmmmmmm
You could not help but get inspired in that setting.....and Kev's spatter painting....just love it!

09-26-2005, 05:32 AM

These are such fun to see! Thanks for showing us the fridge wall, folks!

Love seeing how different artists approach the same scene. Definitely have some worth spending the time to finish, Kev!

Dominic, Looks like you had a great time putting down your impressions of the scenery too.

Nina, Your style is so delicate and lovely. Don't be shy, we're all friends here (well, mostly ;)) and we'd love to see your work in the Studio or the Gallery.

Have to check out Doug's thread now too.


09-26-2005, 05:37 AM
These are terrific! I feel as if I had taken a tour of the countryside in that part of England. I love all the church buildings and ruins you did!

I wish you would play with the YUPO cabbage a little more. Yours is one of the best YUPOs I've seen recently because it has that watery effect that comes with the territory. I really like what you've got going so far.


09-26-2005, 05:43 AM
I am saving this thread as a web-page so that I may study the how's and why's and wherefore's of your PA painting Yorky whenever I choose....Each one has so much to offer and I will watch for the finished items too...but for now I can gaze at these works and enjoy.
Terrific! :clap: :clap: :clap:

09-26-2005, 05:45 AM
Thanks Sylvia - the Yupo was done with Caran d'Ache Prismacolor watercolour crayons.


09-26-2005, 05:59 AM
Thanks Laurie, it really is fun, but we are blessed with a temperate climate and few bugs to worry about.

I may also have an untypical approach to PA painting in that I always do a careful pencil sketch, often using a ruler for architectural subjects, even if I apply ink later.

My advce is to try it - get together some basic equipment and take a comfortable chair, there is nothing worse than being perched upon a tiny stool for 1-2 hours. Make your first PA session a "shakedown" trip to work ouit exactly what you need/don't need to take. It could be in your own garden.


09-26-2005, 05:48 PM
What a great variety of PA's Doug. I've loved seeing again the ones I saw at Kettlewell and viewing the ones I haven't seen before.

Thanks for hosting such an enjoyable event and for making your two gategrashers so very welcome.

09-26-2005, 08:01 PM
oh, what fun to peek at the fridge

GREAT WORK, everyone

10-12-2005, 06:04 PM

mr sandbanx
10-13-2005, 10:33 AM
Jeepers Kev… I totally missed this thread, the studio has not made its way to my psyche yet I guess, and I avoid it most often…

Which is a shame since these paintings that you have shown us in all their various states of completion, are great. Especially like the pub there. And the Bowmanville Creek…good to see how you get to point B, from point A … interesting. (Maybe you should send a picture of Kettlewell, or Preston, I will go down back and pin it to a tree, and do my own pleine aire!)

The waterfall is great as well.

Nice to see that you actually did some painting… I have based all my assumptions on other threads… hehe.

Sorry about the bird (I don’t paint birds, did it look like one of Striders?)


PS I am at work and cannot find time to comment on the others… will come and wander through later on.

10-21-2005, 09:07 AM
Doug: As I've said before your organization of the Kettlewell gathering was wonderful, you made all the difference for us. The icing on your cake are these paintings. I especially am excited about the West Burton Falls and the Garage Across From Dale House; nice work!

Have fun :) Dave