The Yorkshire Dales attract visitors from all over the world and it is not hard to see why. With its high desolate fells, sweeping dales and iconic dry stone walls it is instantly recognisable. Even on a dull and drizzly day it still has such wonderful beauty. This painting is based on a photograph taken by a good friend of mine – Nicky Busby. Nicky has traversed this amazing area many, many times raising thousands of pounds for a variety of worthy charities. We combined our efforts to raise some money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by raffling the photo and painting. Happily we raised £200 for that intrepid team who have helped save so many lives. Here is the original photograph:
I wanted to stay close to the original photo which said everything about the dales but made some slight 'artistic' adjustments. I extended the road to take the eye more towards the distant fells and reduced the number of trees slightly, again to lead into the painting. I don't think we did a bad job between us though someone did remark that it was just a painting of a wall!
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!