The Roaches

by maggie

This last weekend was spent in a rather misty Staffordshire. An exciting experiment in working in ever changing light conditions. We stayed at Rock Hall right under the rocks. On Saturday the visibility was so poor you couldn’t see the Upper Tier from the top of the Lower Tier, but by the after the whole valley was in bright sun. I like working with the very flat light you get in over cast weather, but it didn’t make modelling the grit stone boulders any easier. All these images were made on site, some in situ, some back at the table outside Rock Hall, instead of balance precariously on damp rocks.

the first image of the day and probably the most successful – no self consciousness.

the first image of the day and probably the most successful – no self consciousness.

Before the trip I stained a selection of papers to roughly match the colour of the rock. Luckily the sky conditions suited over painting this with with body colour.

Take your pick of an E1, HS or E7.

Take your pick of an E1, HS or E7.

Once you start looking the rock is all manner of colours. It was all very damp and covered with algae and lichens, with the occasional high plant way from the climbs.

here is Hen Cloud. During the painting of this image the weeather lifted a great deal. I don't have a good enough a visual memory to remember quite what it was like with more cloud over the summit.

Here is Hen Cloud.

During the painting of this image the weeather lifted a great deal. I don’t have a good enough a visual memory to remember quite what it was like with more cloud over the summit. I spent some time experimenting with wet and dry brushes, and washes.

The roaches ridge is a long pile of huge smooth boulders, in all sorts of interesting arrangements.

The roaches ridge is a long pile of huge smooth boulders, in all sorts of interesting arrangements.

Positions and proportions make or break a composition. You only have your memory when you are trying to record the thing that caught you attention in the first place. regardless of the sketches and photos you’ve made at the time.

a giant muffin

a giant muffin balanced on a rock

Here i am concentrating on form and light, which makes it a little easier, but still the brain wants to tidy things up.

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Everything is a little set back this week, because I came back from the Staffordshire with some kind of bug. I have some images that I want to work on, to build up a unlikely landscape of unknown stones.

MER

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