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Sunday, 14 April 2013

SHARON'S CHALLENGE NO. 2

This is the second challenge that Sharon Whitley set this month (the photo is by Gary Jones and is stunning). It's one of my favourite places in the Lake District. Slater's Bridge is in the picturesque Langdale Valley.  There is nothing else there except occasionally walkers and the odd sheep.  You walk from a pub called The Shires Inn and after a l0 min walk you see the tiny bridge in the bottom of a valley.  This packhorse bridge was used many years ago by the slate mine nearby, hence the name.  It is made of random pieces of slate. It is very worn and narrow.


Notice the two mouldy barm cakes in the bottom right hand corner!  They were left by me after the picnic I had when painting there last year!

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  1. It´s a very nice bridge and you have made a beautyful painting of it! The feeling of distance is very real.

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    1. It is an unusual bridge. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. This is really beautiful Polly, atmospheric deluxe, we often see little bts that we wish were different but often no one else does

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    1. Thank you Lorraine. Perhaps I should keep my thoughts to myself?

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  3. I think you caught the atmosphere of the place,dear Polly!
    A watercolor of poetry that speaks to the heart.
    Have nice week and happy painting!

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    1. Oh you say such lovely things! You paint with your words. Thank you Rita. Have a lovely week too.

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  4. Love the colors of the landscape...nicely done! I like that unusual bridge.

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    1. Gary Jones photograph had the colours much richer. Very stunning, a golden glow. I softened them a little.

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  5. Hi, Polly,
    You've been working so hard! Not easy, but you successfully captured the main subject. I also love your humour!!
    Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thank you Sadami. There is no-one with more humour than you! Happy painting week.

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  6. This is lovely Polly, you obviously know & love the bridge and it shows in you painting.

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    1. Yes, it is one of those places where somehow you feel at peace. Away from the mad world. I imagine the packhorses loaded up and trundling over the unique bridge.

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  7. Gorgeous painting, Polly! Love that slate bridge.

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    1. Thank you. Thanks for your comments.

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  8. Ay oop lass you've had a facelift? New look to the Blog?

    I like it and I love the painting - there's no stopping you now with these challenges. What are you doing with all your masterpieces? Is there a one-woman show in the pipeline?

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    1. Ee by gum tha noticed! Thanks for the comments. Masterpieces will go in the box with all the others!

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  9. This is really great Polly, love how the eyes are immediately drawn to the bridge, and how the background is blurred. It does look like a wonderful place to take a stroll !

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    1. It certainly is. A little piece of heaven on earth!

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