Twelve members met at Lofthouse Village Hall where we were warmly welcomed by the artists from “updale” who meet each Monday. Some come as visitors to our monthly club meetings. After coffee, the Bandroom Gallery was opened for us to see the work they produce and sell: paintings, cushions, cards, small decorated boxes, jewellery and painted stones, all beautifully made and reasonably priced. Several of us were tempted and bought! If you want to visit the gallery it is open at weekends from 10am to 4pm.
We had a great choice of cottages and views to sketch and were invited to look into a private garden and some strolled down to the River Nidd. We continued sketching after a lunch break as we were fortunate with a dry day. We collected £21 for the Lofthouse Village Hall funds.
Audrey had recently visited Farnley Hall on an arts bus trip and had asked Guy if club members could sketch in the grounds. He kindly agreed and on the day he showed us where we could sketch. We followed in the footsteps of JMW Turner who visited regularly between 1806 and 1824.
The building has a Georgian block looking out over Wharfedale towards Otley Chevin opposite.
There is an earlier Jacobean building at the rear.
There are extensive grasslands with isolated trees and extensive mixed woodland.
Members spread out around the buildings.
Compulsory dinner break.
After a day sketching and painting, the members had produced different interpretations of what they saw.
The sun came out on request for the last sketching trip for 2018. Audrey provided hot drinks before members ventured out into Blazefield. There were plenty of subjects, including panoramic views across, up and down Nidderdale.
Many thanks to Audrey for her hospitality and another interesting place for a sketching day in splendid series this year, with almost perfect weather. Plans are in hand for an exciting sketching series for 2019.
The track (part of the Nidderdale Way) at Sandy Lane
Along the track
Morning view down the dale
Ram at Tiplady Farm
Sketches along the track
Views of Guisecliffe and Glasshouses
Old Sleningford Hall
Summerhouse and Woods
The party met in the Stables Gallery and had a grand tour of the grounds, gardens, lake and woods (part of the National Gardens Scheme). There is an old mill, walled garden, summer house, potting shed and greenhouse. Plenty of sketching subjects.
After a starter coffee, sketching started outside and moved into the Stable Gallery, a studio used for art courses, during the afternoon rain. Audrey promised sunny weather next year.
The smaller than usual group of sketchers produced the following results
On a glorious day there was another good turnout for the monthly sketching day. The location on a hill farm had good views around, especially from the nearby hilltop tower.
There were interesting buildings around the hamlet, including a Methodist chapel, a former pub and agricultural buildings.
After a welcome coffee from our hospitable hosts, the members spread out to sketch their chosen subjects.
Our hosts found enough chairs for the sharing lunchtime feast and entertained the group with humorous tales from country life and time spent judging cattle at shows.
These are some of the sketches squeezed in between the distractions.
The weather this year was perfect for sketching and the location full of interest: hall, farm buildings, extensive gardens (NGS), lawns, trees, pond and stream.
We were made very welcome and enjoyed another creative day.
View from the pond
By the stream
Garden behind the house
New perspective on old steps
Sketches by members
Audrey arranged a sunny day in an interesting area that we drive through quickly, wondering what the pond is doing there and why there is a toll bridge? It was time for exploration and a trip to the bluebell woods. But first a morning cuppa.
Meanwhile others had started sketching the house
The wisteria was blooming in the sun
The mill pond across the road was a refuge for the ducks and a cool place for walk
Hag wood, up the road, was full of bluebells, garlic, trees and artists.
Despite the distractions there were good results achieved
The final outdoor sketching day saw a good turnout of artists in search of a cuppa, soup, sandwiches, a chat, interesting location and a bit of sketching.
Audrey again arranged some good weather, several degrees above zero and little wind. Everyone was prepared with warm clothing but cold is insidious. One member kept on moving and made it to Burnsall and back. The dedicated sketching artists who sat it out, came back to the tearoom for hot soup to thaw out.
Scenes around Hebden
Members’ sketches in progress