Based on Wharncliffe Crags, near Sheffield. I spent a lot of my childhood there, starting young with my Grandad Cooke. He would always tell us about the dragon (dated back as far as 1685, as the dragon of Wantley), and we would look for the Dragon's Cave (which does exist).
Living in the very 'cosy' studio, has meant that I have not been able to paint. The combination of this, coupled with cabin fever drove me to going back into school for the first 4 days of Easter to paint in my classroom. Trouble is, it's a thirty mile round trip, which felt like....going into school. Hence only 4 days. This is one of the results, which has just been expertly framed by Granary Framing in Huby , many thanks for the very quick turn around, and is now on sale at the beautiful Silson Contemporary Gallery, Harrogate , well worth a visit.
I'm tying to keep on top of my sketchbook challenge; a page every day for a year. We are living in a tiny space for the next few months, so I'm not really able to paint, although I have been into school a few times over the holiday to do a bit. Trouble is it's a 30 mile round trip, so it's not really viable - hence the sketchbook.
There is no real theme; I'm going wherever, and with whatever, my fancy takes me. It's great fun.
I can’t paint at the moment, so instead I’m working in a sketchbook. I challenged myself (starting January 1) to complete a page for every day of the year (this replaced last year’s Fitbit challenge). The book is homemade, and I’m two days ahead of schedule, which is good, because I can’t always find the time to work in it. The upside is a noticeable improvement in my drawing (coupled with a broadening of the materials I work in), although some of the pages are a little ropey. The downside is, I’ve put weight on. So has the dog.
Here are some of the 79 pages that I’ve completed so far: