The Yorkshire Dales have a unique beauty of their own. Whatever the weather and whatever the season they are a source of artistic inspiration. This painting was a first working of a collaboration with renowned photographer Nicky Busby which eventually produced photo and painting to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. I used just a few colours and concentrated on getting the tonal values right and added a dash of yellow in the sky for dramatic effect. I love the painting and am pleased to find a record of it. However I decided I had strayed too far away from Nicky's superb photograph.
So I started again from scratch and added a bit more colour this time:
This is obviously a lot more cheerful and better suited to both the photograph and raising funds but I still like the first one for its drama.
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Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!