Wagner should have visited Bassenthwaite Lake!
The big open vistas around Bassenthwaite Lake are truly spectacular - none more so than when the weather changes so dramatically and Wagner's music enters your head and you paint furiously!
Well, it was a little calmer than that in truth I might add when I was teaching en plein air creative art techniques at Higham Hall earlier this year painting lakeside at Bassenthwaite Lake 3 - 6 June.
Nonetheless, the weather was pretty dramatic and the silver light effects across the lake were something to behold - quite wonderful in fact!
Everyone found the experience really exhilarating and it showed in their work. Here is a link so you can see for yourself just how great the experience was for everyone on the course
So finally I got my own painting completed and yes, Wagner was playing through the CD player (yes that's right I still buy CD's as I love actually looking at them too), as I worked and layered my pastels with gouache paint on this superb Strathmore Series 300 paper.
Here is the painting as demo lakeside at Basenthwaite Lake...
Lakeside quick demo with pastel and gouache on Strathmore Series 300 Cold Pressed, acid free heavy duty watercolour paper. Size 18 x 24 inches 140lb (300gsm)
...and here is the Wagner studio influenced painting!
Silver light - Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria
Pastel and gouache on Strathmore Series 300 Cold Pressed watercolour paper.
Size 18 x 24 inches
To create your own dramatic paintings with me in the Western Lakes at Higham Hall here are the next exciting residential art breaks - sketchpads and ipods welcome!
Higham Hall art students lakeside at Bassenthwaite - about to watch the drama unfold!
For further details for all residential art breaks at Higham Hall contact the administration team on
Office hours 09:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Lake Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 9SH