Ingleton Waterfall sketch

Here’s an old sketch of Ingleton waterfall that I have been using this half term for a small oil painting. I wanted to explore the elemental qualities of water and stone,as I had been with the Lymeregis Cobb work. Again it doesn’t matter that this was made a long time ago, my attention was so complete when I made it, I find that the sketch is like a key to unlock the memory even down to the feel of wet spray on my face and the sensation of the wet cold stone. The veil of water falling over the ledge of ochre coloured stone provided the original stimulus from the waterfall at the end of the iconic walk. The resulting painting is underway but not finished. I bought a wonderful new brush which should help complete it on my recent visit to Cambridge. The plasticity of the oil paint is a joy to work with. It is nowhere near finished. I need to feel where it wants to go next. I’ll share the painting itself in the next post. I made this drawing standing up with important colour notes that help so much when it comes to the painting.