Embracing Yorkshire weather

We’ve been up in North Yorkshire for the last few days, and the weather has been wonderful in it’s contrasting forms, from bright sun on a frosty morn, to heavy snow showers.

The 3 images above, although totally different from each other are also related, in that they are all images of fleeting moments in time, and none of them exist anymore. I am also not responsible for any of them, although I do make a guest appearance in one of them.

The picture of shadows on the left, elongated by the low sun and downward slope of the hill was taken by my wife, Jane, on a walk towards the river Nidd in Darley. Can shadows be art? Why not – you have shadow puppets on stage performing, and as so often in Richard Long’s work, the photograph is the only record of the artwork that is left.

The leaves in the snow have been arranged like a roulade. It is in fact a large collapsed snowball that had been made by hands unknown on the Stray in Harrogate. The snowball was rolled under trees and the leaves that were on the ground stuck to the snowball as it was trundled around making this pattern when broken open. Is that an animal looking at me?

Lastly, we have the snow sculptures sat happily on the parapet of a Harrogate railway bridge as dusk settled around us. Hail, the unknown artists!

Somebody who has a fine feel for depicting the weather is Katharine Holmes. She was a near contemporary of mine at Newcastle University, who lives and works in Yorkshire. There was an exhibition of her work at Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery that we went to see whilst we were there. She has an assured style; a handling of oil, and acrylics that gives her paintings a real innate and naturalistic feel whatever the weather, wherever the place. I loved her sketchbooks on display, with the ink drawings occasionally reminding me of some of the work of former Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly.

How Now! West Raynham and Houghton Hall.

280817 - West Raynham from St Margaret's church - Large


We have just spent a few wonderful days staying in West Raynham in Norfolk courtesy of Janet and David.

The weather was very warm allowing us to get out and about a bit subject to avoiding the bank holiday traffic.

I came away with lots of thoughts and ideas for future artworks – so watch the next few blogs to see what happens!

280817 - Gravestones at St Margaret's, West Raynham - Large

Above is a sketch I did of some gravestones in the overgrown churchyard of the ruined St. Margaret’s at West Raynham. They look keen to get out and join the cattle in the meadow beyond. I wish I’d had a white pencil, or Conté crayon to depict the long grass catching the sunlight in the foreground.

270817 - Houghton Hall collage - lge


Very pleased to discover Houghton Hall was home to an impressive exhibition of works by Richard Long. Largely in the grounds and gardens, but also in the hall itself. This runs until 26th October 2017. Go see it! The collage shows:

A Line in Norfolk.


Full Moon Circle.