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Monday, 28 January 2013

GRASMERE IN THE SNOW

We've recently popped up to Grasmere in the Lake District.  This is a view of Sam Read's Bookshop (yes it is called Read's)  This was painted after a previous visit.


It is one of those places that feels like a second home.  We are lucky to live nearby to either pop up for the day or a short break.  Grasmere is famous for Dove Cottage (Wordsworths quaint old home) and there is a really well stocked art shop (I always go in there) who sell prints of a well known lake district painter William Heaton Cooper, they are brilliant do check them out.  Apparently he would sit hours waiting for the right light to sketch from.

Oh, and by the way, I found my old school folder, going back .......... years!!!  If you want to take a peek I am putting some on my other blog http://pollyluvspaintingetc.blogspot.com  and comparing them to my work now.  I thought I'd mention it because although the schoolwork is in poster paint, the other work will be watercolour.

You may have your old school work or memories of painting when you were young.  I'd love to hear your stories.

33 comments:

  1. You captured the beautiful surrounding of Dove Cottage. It is a lovely harmonious painting.

    More memories - thanks for bringing them back. I sat and painted several views of Dove when I was over there painting the places Wordsworth wrote his poetry.

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  2. Grasmere is a jewel in the centre of the Lake District. I too painted Dove Cottage, so picturesque. Happy to bring back memories of Grasmere to you!

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  3. I love Grasmere - such a beautiful part of the Lakes - I'm lucky enough to be staying in Cumbria this weekend and getting some fells under my feet - can't wait!!

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    1. It was dangerous last week with ice even on the flat It looked fabulous with the snow We saw people at the top of Blencathra Brrr Have a wonderful time
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  4. Love the painting-and that you are showing your past art-very fun

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  5. Love this Polly. The Lake District is such a special place. It's just a shame it rains so much. We got flooded out two summers years running a few years ago so we are avoiding it these days sadly but I do so miss the beautiful scenery especially as I paint now.

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    1. That's why its SOooo green! So sorry you had bad experiences there .when the sun shines its the best place on earth Its a bonus if the sun shines I've been on courses there and you have to be prepared to paint in the studio That's why I have started going abroad on courses I do appreciate I am lucky to be able to do so Sorry no punctuation marks getting to grips with a tablet More time away from painting!!!!!!! Get a grip girl :-)

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  6. Beautiful work, Polly, I like very much the soft pastel color palette, which perfectly becomes this serene winter landscape!

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  7. Thanks Blaga. The smoke was a nightmare but I had to put it in even though it wasnt there.

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  8. This is such a beauty Polly, a place you would really love to visit, looks so idillic !

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  9. Is is wonderful. It will never change. A typical small lake district village with buildings made of lakeland slate.

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  10. Que bonita pintura, me recuerda de las ilustraciones en los libros del colegio cuando yo era pequeña.

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  11. It it very picturesque village. You must have read some lovely books

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  12. Oh the Lake district.. Isn't that where Beatrix Potter lived? Nicely done.

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    1. Yes it was, Central Lake, District Hill Top Farm is near Hawkeshead. We couldnt park in Grasmere when they were making the film as they parked the crews vehicles in the car park, and there is only one and it isnt very big. It is a lovely place, never changes Slate houses and lots of sheep.

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  13. Beaucoup de douceur dans ton paysage enneigé;

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  14. ...Grasmere area of Cumbria is such a delightfully pretty area, visited many times, but never had much time to paint. Retired now, and hoping to move up to Cumbria in the next year or so, then my paintbrushes will be getting serious workouts. Lovely painting, looks cold, but beautiful...

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    1. I know a great place to paint near Grasmere when it is raining. Contact me if you ever want to know where it is.

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  15. Gorgeous painting! And it is wonderful to see a part of your world :-)

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    1. We go here 2 or 3 times a year. But only twice in many years have we seen it like this. I always wanted to be there when it snowed and it did on our special anniversary. Magical. Must check out where you are from so will pop over to your blog later. Thanks for popping by

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  16. Hi, Polly,
    Your work is heartwarming! It makes me smile. Colours are beautiful. Congrats!
    Kind regards, Sadami

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    1. That's so lovely coming from you. I really appreciate your comments and glad to make you smile. Goes with your name 'Smiling Sadami'

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  17. Oh I feel like skiing when I see those hills in the background! Looking beautyful!

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    1. It's my favourite place to stay in England and near enough to go for a few days. We are so lucky. There would be no nice green runs on those hills they are full of rocks and scree.

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  18. what a lovely painting--so beautiful--I want to go there!

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    1. It is a gem. We are lucky to go here 2 or 3 times a year for short breaks. Wordsworth lived here. It feels like a second home yet is only an hour and a half away.

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  19. Beautiful painting Polly.

    You say that you wish you would have gone to Art college. Some do and cannot create such a lovely work!

    Carry on enjoying your art!

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  20. A lovely painting,,,reminds me that snow is just around the corner for us. Speaking of prior work....I recently found a folder of artwork from 2004 which I thought was lost on one of my moves but I had to laugh at some of the stuff in there,,,I don't know if that is good or bad but what a difference nine years makes:)

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    1. How lovely of you to visit my blog. And how nice too that you have kept your school work and that you have noticed such a difference. Will pop over to yours for a visit

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