Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring Fever!

“Moody Mountains”     9” x 12”        Pastel       $100       © Sharon Lewis
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            We have one more full week of classes and then we have our spring break and my students and I can’t wait! I know that our southern winters are nothing to complain about as I was reminded of when talking to my son in Madison, Wisconsin last night. He was getting excited because the temperature was going from 6 degrees to a balmy 18 or 19 degrees!!
            Today’s painting is of the Castlerigg area, a wonderfully, moody and mysterious place in England’s Lake District. Castlerigg is one of over a thousand stone circles in the British Isles, located near Keswick in Cumbria, Northwest England. Some sources suggest that it may have been constructed in 3000 BCE which means it may be about 5000 years old!
            From the center of the stone circle you have a view of the surrounding mountain peaks which have really interesting names such as: Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Grasmoor, and Blencathra. It may have served as a ritualistic place where stone axes were traded but no one knows for sure. I do know that it would be a wonderful place to do plein air painting because no matter where you placed your easel in this area, you would have a beautiful view to paint.
            Happy Weekend!

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