The Lonnin original sketch, pencil and oil pastel

This sketch was made on the spot in this ancient lonnin going down to the river near my dad’s house in the lake-district. Apparently it was used by packhorses to carry the stone to build the village which was sourced from a castle that had been dismantled. The word ‘lonnin’ is a dialect word from the Northumbrian going back to Anglo-Saxon times. I saw this view and immediately know when it fell on my retina that it wanted to become a painting. Magical in so many ways. I’ll share the stages of making the oil-painting on some beautiful heavy linen that I found, again that my father had given me a long time ago. I’ve rabbit-skin sized and gessoed it, and want to keep the raggedy borders as part of the piece to show the history. All deliberate, almost meditative.