Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Derwentwater from Latrigg

Derwentwater fom the path to Latrigg,
Lake District.
Painted in Oils
Size 14 x 11 inches approx.
For Sale
I often get asked which medium I enjoy painting in the most. I can never truly reply. But usually the one I'm working in at the time, or the one I'm thinking  about next! Today the answer would be Oils. I so enjoyed painting this scene, that I have walked many times in all weather, with friends and family. Looking back down to Keswick and Derwentwater with Newlands valley in the background staring Robinson and Causey Pike.
If you would like more information or to purchase this Original Oil just send me an email

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Favourite Winter photographs

It's getting to that time of the year. I'm starting to feel festive so thought I would share some of my favourite Winter photo's with you in the run up to Christmas. You can also see them daily on my
Jane Ward facebook page 

Grasmere  Winter walk
Driving back through a snowstorm from Kendal to Keswick. Suddenly the clouds disappeared and a Winter wonderland appeared. Realizing that I didn't have my trusty camera. I quickly drove back to Keswick and returned to Grasmere. A very quick walk of a few miles hoping that the snow did not disappear. And this photo was worth it. I use it loads for inspiration. Hope you like it too.

Smiley face and  Blencathra.
Castlerigg is one of those places that is stunning any time of the year, but for those that love Snow, totally special covered in fresh snow. I have a few photographer friends and one got straight in touch when he saw this' Is it snowing at Castlerigg' were his words.

First stage Oil on paper
This was the Castlerigg stone circle sketch, I promised you in the last post.
But with snow falling I couldn't resist painting this scene above Keswick. It's only had it's underpainting and as a little way to go yet.
 The Online watercolour course a perfect gift for Christmas for budding artists of all ages

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Castlerigg Stone Circle, An artists view from the Lakes.

Castlerigg  Stone Circle visited by many artists, photographers and walkers passing by.

I've painted it in all seasons but Autumn and Winter are the most stunning and colourful. It's a perfect painting location if it's not a windy day, there are a few walls that you can shelter behind, or even a stone! The best time of the day to visit is morning and late afternoon or sundown. Parking is easy in the lay by and just a quick stroll over the field and you have 360 degrees views. It is a wonderful walk from Keswick, through Springs Wood, following the signs for the 'Circle.

To the west the Coledale Horseshoe with a  few trees to frame the view

North is mighty Blencathra with the ridge up  Doddick Fell and just showing briefly behind Sharp Edge.

Today this is the view that inspired me to get pencil to paper. Helvellyn in the background, the valley of St John in the Vale and the Sheep in the foreground catching the sunlight on their fleece. And no Stones! The medium I've chosen is Oils. I'll keep you posted on how it's coming along.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Cycling prints


' Polka Dot Jersey'
Won by Pierre Roland Grand depart Annecy
Tour de France Tour De France 2013
Signed print by Jane Ward
Size 12x 8.5 inches
Price including P&P in the UK

Maglia Rossa won by Mark Cavendish
Giro D'Italia 2013
Signed print by Jane Ward
Size 12 x 8.5 inches
Price includes P&P in the UK

For more details email Jane at

Tel 01768 86151

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Paint the View, Lake District.

Jaws of Borrowdale painted in watercolours
The Lake District,  I think one of the most beautiful places to paint. Imagine sitting on the shores of Derwentwater  and painting in watercolours the fells of Borrowdale. The views are quite special, listening to the wild life and watching the scene change in front of you. Rays of light sparkling on the lake.

Sketchbook Watercolours along the shore of Derwentwater
Saturday 18th April 2015
Covering basic techniques of watercolour in a sketchbook.
We will wander along the shoreline stopping to capture the wonderful scenes of this stunning Lake. This day is ideal for beginners who have never painted outdoors and would like to gain confidence to do so.
Price: per person £75.00
Time: 10.30 am to 4 pm meeting at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.
Equipment needed: Watercolour Sketchbook, watercolours, a few brushes, pencil, pen, rubber, small water carrier. A sit mat or small stool is useful, camera, packed lunch and an umbrella just in case we have a shower.
For more details email Jane at lakelandart@hotmail.co.uk or Tel 01768 867151
Personal Gift vouchers can also be provided.
One day painting days in the Lakes  for Beginners or Intermediates.
Private tuition  or small groups.
Prices from £75.00 per day.
Loughrigg Fell captured in pastels on the shore of Grasmere. Always fancied painting in pastels why not give it a go. One day courses at Derwentwater and Ullswater.

Afternoon Sail painted in pastels on the shore of Ullswater from Pooley Bridge.

Catbells, Derwentwater  captured in pastels on a crisp Autumn Day

A perfect place to sketch the lake views. One day sketching and watercolour days along the shores of Ullswater and Derwentwater

The Famous Ullswater Daffodils painted in watercolours.

One day painting days in the Lakes  for Beginners or Intermediates.
Private tuition  or small groups.
Prices from £75.00 per day.
More days to follow.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sunset Steamer, Ullswater.

Askham Fell a small little fell on the edge of Ullswater. An easy Sunday Afternoon stroll with gorgeous views all the way down the Lake. With the sun starting to set and misty effects just shouting 'WATERCOLOURS'

A few sheep dotted around the moorland, light catching on their Fleece, warm Autumn hues in the bracken.

A delight when wild ponies are spotted and the backdrop is Blencathra.

Walking back down to the village of Pooley Bridge just in time for the sun setting, what a perfect view. I love painting scenes like this in watercolours.

Sunset Steamer, Ullswater
Painted in Watercolours inspired on a Sunday walk.
Size 19 x 12.5 ins Unframed
For sale
For more information or  to purchase this Original watercolour
 just send an email to Jane at

Monday, 17 November 2014

A walk to Gowbarrow Fell

Gowbarrow Fell 1579 feet

All this talk about Turner made me think a visit to Aira Force could be quite exciting especially after the heavy rain. I had my sketchbook at the ready, but the light conditions were a little flat. So I decided to comeback later in the day. The water was gushing down and under foot was a little squelchy, it's a shame photo's don't have sound because I think this is what gives the drama to a waterfall.Turner did paint at this very spot.

Views of Beautiful Ullswater started to appear, it was a little grey but not raining or windy. Reflections on the lake were stunning, a good excuse to stop and take in the view.

This shows the a great panorama, taking in Hallin fell on the left round to the edge of Clough Head on the right. Look at the Autumn colours, the Larch trees are starting to drop the pines and Silver Birches have a soft halo of Crimson

I made my way up the fell, wondering shall I go to the summit top. Dark Grey clouds threatened rain overhead, suddenly a ray of light caught a patch of field. I love moments like this.

The summit was reached with a view down to Dockray and behond to the Blencathra range, on a clearer day this would be a great view point.But still good today.

Down the slippery slope to a dry patch with a view to behold. A quick pen sketch with a watercolour wash. Perfect when time is the essences and not to heavy to heave up the mountain side. I think this would be a super subject to paint in Pastels.

A super varied walk with views to take your breath away.

Fancy learning a few new watercolour techniques, join me with my online course.