I am have been on two adventures 'up the dales' in the last week in search of new (and old) subjects to work on, and have come up against all sort of undesirable weather. Last week I visited a stunning house near The Forbidden Corner to take some photos for a private commission. Having negotiated my way through some worryingly large puddles and temporarily been stuck in mud, I eventually was treated to the sight of a very handsome house and some incredible ancient ruins. I am being vague on purpose, as the piece is a commission so I can't reveal too much yet, but here is a photo of one of the many features to be included in the finished picture.
This morning I set off early from Masham (in the hope that I'd miss the rain) into Wensleydale to take a few snaps of the beautiful follies on along the A684. I was extra lucky today as there had been a light covering of snow which made everything look extra pretty. Along the way I snapped Polly Peachum's Tower, Bolton Hall Tower, The Swinithwaite Temple, Bolton Castle and the Sorrelsykes Farm Follies. I also managed to catch some hares merrily dancing about in a field! As a final treat (I probably shouldn't confess that this sort of thing is a treat for me) I caught sight of the arresting Azerley Tower on the back road to Ripon. A very satisfying morning indeed, and I did just about miss the rain.
In other news, I have completed my largest pinned picture to date. 'The Sledmere Monuments' and is the second piece this year exploring the East Riding of Yorkshire, an area that, despite living so near to it, I have never really investigated. The piece features the Eleanor Cross and the Waggoners Monument, along with the gate posts and stables of Sledmere House. I'm now designing a piece based on the gatehouse at Burton Agnes Hall, watch this space.
Don't forget I will have all my new work on display first at York Open Studios in April, and will be here over both weekends to chat to visitors, so please do pop in for a cup of tea and a browse.
That's all from me, stay warm and dry!