Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Winter Wonderful!

The view this morning........I love it!!!
It's been snowing on and off since Saturday, and no chance of driving out anywhere to get supplies. It came as a bit of a relief to see the snowplough (Tractor) coming up the road.

Just some of the massive piles of snow that have been shovelled out of the way.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Wetherlam this morning.

I was up with the larks this morning in the anticipation of snow showers and beautiful light. As I walked up onto Holme Fell I was not disappointed! The views that met me chilled the toes but warmed the soul.

Monday, 14 December 2009

It's official - Santa has sacked Rudolf!!!!

Here are a few photo's to sum up the weekends activities. Due to the lack of snow Santa decided that a different mode of transport was necessary.

Frost in Buttermere!

The sun never reached the valley bottom, it remained icy and cold all weekend. The poor folks stood at the bottom watching Einich and I searching the fell side remained in the shade all day. My thanks go to out to them and also to the "Dogs Bodies" who volunteered to sit out all day and hide for me.

Sunday - an easier day!!

or maybe not....
We had a practice session with the RAF winching dogs and handlers into the aircraft. Unfortunately, but, to the amusement of onlookers, I ended up wearing Einich on my head like a hat! I've got the claw marks on my helmet as a reminder of the day.

Who looks the happiest!!

or these....

Friday, 11 December 2009

Sketching is what you make it.

Glen FeshieI produced this sketch a while back on a piece of photocopy paper. Sometimes I find the less precious the paper is, the more I tend to relax and sketch freely. It's only paper after all!
Some of the greatest architecture was produced from ideas first created on a piece of scrap paper.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Ben Alder Landscape

Ben Alder Stone - Helen Howe

A fellow dog handler and friend sent me this photo of a miniature landscape while she was on a backpacking trip near Ben Alder. She admitted there was only so much you can carry and drew the line at carrying a rock around in her sack for several days. Instead, she took this photograph!

I think it's fantastic....Anybody else have any of these little gems?

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A Gift

Isn't nature wonderful. Even on the darkest damp days, nature can come up with some little gems..........a landscape within a landscape.
I was out walking with a friend of mine, she spotted this and gave it to me. A little treasure on a late autumn day.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Langdale /Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team

One of my interests outside the world of art is being a member of Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team. Alongside this, I'm training my young Border Collie Einich to be a Search Dog. Not only does that keep me busy, I also decided to take on the role of making a promotional film for the team to use on open nights during the summer months.

Today was one of those less than perfect days for filming, wet with the forecast to become windy later!!!! (Not good, if the camera isn't designed for underwater film making). We spent the morning in the National Trust car park at the New Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale. The team felt it was important to encourage safety awareness after a spate of serious accidents last winter due to lack of experience and the right equipment. The idea was to encourage the less experienced hill goers to be prepared for poor conditions in the hills. Having the right equipment and knowing how to use it is a clear message that will hopefully save lives this winter.
BBC North West and Border TV where also out filming. I managed to avoid being on camera.

For more information about the search dogs go to the website http://www.sardalakes.org.uk/

P.s The camera survived.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Autumn Outings

Early autumn in Abernethy - The Cairngorms

The Autumn colours are now starting to look quite promising. I travelled North to Glencoe to meet up with my boyfriend Dave who is always on the lookout for that perfect photograph. I took the opportunity to collect plenty of sketches and photographs ready to develop into paintings once I returned to the Lakes. The weather in the West didn't seem to want to let up, I know I like a bit of bad weather but sometimes it can get a bit much, so we travelled East to the Cairngorm to seek a bit of sunshine.
Returning to the Lakes, I found the Autumn colours developing quite nicely. The Duddon valley is one of my favorite haunts at this time of year.
Keep an eye on the News page for information on my forthcoming Exhibition early next year.

Dave seems to enjoy the prospect of getting his feet wet in order to search for that perfect shot. Einich looks on!!!! She's not quite so keen.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Fringe Festival - Edinburgh

My work can be seen on stand 21 which is situated next to the Royal Academy near Princes Street. It's a busy square with the Fringe and Tattoo stalls in front of us. Although the weather has been mixed, the atmosphere is lively with plenty of street artists and live music to keep us entertained.If you fancy a visit, the stall is the first one you come to once you have left Princes Street. The picture will give an idea of our location. We will the there until Bank Holiday Monday.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009


I'd just like to start by welcoming you to the Peatlight Studio Blog. My aim is to update you with news on sketching trips, as well as exhibitions and events.
August has been a busy month, starting with a nine day exhibition, held in quite an unusual venue, The Yurt Gallery in the grounds of Rydal Hall. I must say it has been a wonderful place to exhibit, with a relaxing atmosphere, I even managed to work on some paintings while I was there. Thanks to all who came along to have a look.