Richard Ringshall : walking, sketching and writing.
Another sunny day during lockdown so time for another walk. My wife Rita and I decided to go a bit further today and have lunch at the Yorke Arms (‘at’ not ‘in’). From Pateley we took the river path to Wath, leaving at about 9am. At Wath, I looked longingly at the Sportsmans Arms (closed!) and continued along the river to Gouthwaithe Reservoir. We then followed the track alongside the reservoir to the village of Bouthwaite. Along this stretch of track we passed different types of sheep and lambs, beautiful flowers and now a large number of geese, not to mention stunning views. We also saw our first swallows of summer. On arrival at Ramsgill we sat and had our packed lunch and then I had a wander to see what I could sketch. I settled for a view of the church (also closed) from the roadside. We returned to the southern end of the reservoir the same way but then continued straight up the track via Spring Wood Top, passing through masses of flowering rhododendrons, and then down into Wath taking the Wath Road back to Pateley Bridge. About 9 to 10 miles of exercise and a couple of hours sketching. Time for a beer!
Fourteen people met up at Nidd Hall on a dry, sunny morning for the last sketching trip for 2019. We were given a room for our sole use. After coffee we set off in all directions to find our own sketching spot.
The surprisingly large grounds had splendid trees showing Autumn colours, a lake, a water garden with statues , a church and stables with a clock tower.
Lunch was served at one large table in the oak panelled dining room with a roaring fire and festive decorations. Sketching after lunch was both outside in the grounds and inside.
Audrey thanks everyone who has supported the club sketching trips. The sketching trips have been to a variety of interesting places for enjoyable sketching in the company of like-minded folk.
If you have your 2020 diary ready, pop the date in of our first visit to. The Mercer Gallery, meet at 10:30 on 6th April 2020. We have a room for ourselves, you can look at the latest exhibition, sketch in the area and have snack lunch nearby in Hales Bar, the oldest pub in Harrogate, next to the Pump Room.
Eleven members and two friends were made most welcome with coffee in the well used community centre in Grewelthorpe prior to joining the ducks around the pond.
In spite of quite a chilly breeze , we stayed sketching until the rain came. After a delicious soup and sandwich lunch, members found sheltered in the hall or in cars to sketch the village cottages.
Ann Pearson explained that the cottages used to house a dentist, a general store, a butcher, a post office and a slaughterhouse. There had also been a tailor, a reading room, a flour mill , a cream cheese maker and a straw hat maker.
Parceval Hall is a religious retreat set in gardens near Appletreewick. It has extensive gardens open to the paying public and a small cafe and outdoor area. Due to members being on holiday, nine members met at the cafe on a blustery, wet morning, keen to enjoy the sketching day.
The secluded hall and gardens are on a hillside with steep paths winding up to the woodland.
Members produced some good results considering the difficult weather
We made a return visit to Low Hall, Dacre Top. Thirteen members and a friend (a garden expert from Seattle) found plenty to sketch. While we were having lunch in the conservatory Pamela read a poem written by a former Bishop of Canterbury, who obviously enjoyed the peace and quiet of the surroundings as much as we did. We all had a good day at Low Hall , in spite of a drizzly morning, and the afternoon was sunny.
On a cloudy August Monday in Ramsgill members of the Pateley Art Club scattered about the village quietly sketching subjects they spotted. There were many friendly villagers, including Bill Spence, the walking stick man, Angus who showed Bob a poem about the ruined building that Bob was sketching. Carolyn was invited by a couple to have a cup of tea in their garden. We gathered on the main green for lunch and to show our progress. Margaret was sharing her knowledge of art to those who needed. We donated to the Village Hall for its use. The next trip is to Low Hall at Dacre Top on August 12th. This is a large, delightful and peaceful 17th Century house, the home of Pamela Holliday who opens for the NGS during the year.
Ramsgill Village Hall
Intrepid sketchers taking a break
Results from the sketching day in Ramsgill Village
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
The Pateley Bridge Art Club sketching group met for its October outing at the Red Lion in Burnsall, starting off with a customary coffee break before settling to sketch in the lovely Wharfedale village. There were 12 members and 2 guests.
Members were invited by local artist Diana Rosemary Lodge (Rosie) to look at her paintings.