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Friday, 27 March 2015

Holiday in Applethwaite near Keswick in Cumbria

Arrived at 3.00 pm at Croft Corner via Alston and walked into Applethwaite village on the evening.

View looking down Raven Lane in Applethwaite

Day 2 

Sunday walk into Keswick and down to Friars Crag and back via the path to Skiddaw. Called into the Viridian Gallery to see the work of Bill Talyor.

Bill Taylor
The gallery owner and artist Diane Gainey said Bill was due in sometime that day but we could not wait as we had to continue our walk.

Also work by Diane Gainey

Barn at Udderskiddaw near Applethwaite

Castle Crag from Friars Crag over Derwent Water.

Day 3

Monday - Rain on the morning- walked to Millbeck after it cleared along the footpaths and back along the road.

Day 4
Tuesday- Another walk to Millbeck along the bottom footpath and up the valley above the village for lunch at seat overlooking the Derwent Valley. Returned back along the road to Croft Corner.

Map of walk to Millbeck

Sketch of the Old Post Office at Applethwaite

Sketch of The Farm at Millbeck.
View from the seat above Millbeck looking south to Derwent Water

Day 5
Wednesday. Drive to Maryport and it started to rain and never stopped all day. Then on to Workington and lunch in the car overlooking the harbour- still raining. We were joined by a heron which seems very tame.

Day 6
Thursday. Park in the layby on the A66 after Keswick at Newlands Beck Bridge and walked around Braithwaite.

Day 7.
 Walk from Great Wood car park £5.50 for four hours-crazy price after yesterday was free.
Walked south to Ashness Bridge and lunch at Surprise View and down via Watendlath beck and along the road back to car.
Ashness Bridge.

Map from Memory Map.

Day 8. 
Left 9.00 am and back home by lunch after shopping at Sainsburys at Bishop Auckland.
Excellent week at Croft Corner, accommodation was spot on and our hosts very friendly.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wednesday Morning Art Club at Chester-le-Street

Joined the morning art at the Community Centre. Demonstration by Chris Bowen - a watercolour and calligraphy artist.

Example of his work

Used watercolour straight from the pan onto wet paper on everything from sky, background hills and foreground tree. Did not work for me on the background but yes to the foreground which is a similar method I use on my harbours scenes with black lines. An artist of some 40 years teaching experience he seemed rather nervous and told some awful jokes to the point of annoyance. 

My example of the method he used on the foreground