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Moor snow sketches

Potter's Nab and Rosedale Head, 26th March- watercolour in sketchbook
Potter’s Nab and Rosedale Head, 26th March- watercolour in sketchbook
Castleton Rigg from Westerdale moor, 26th March- watercolour, acrylic and crayon in sketchbook
Castleton Rigg from Westerdale moor, 26th March- watercolour, acrylic and crayon in sketchbook

These are watercolour sketches made on the moors yesterday. I relish the challenge and experience of sketching in cold weather and find the experience far more exciting than painting in the studio. The snow showers were almost constant during my time on the moors yesterday morning, snow blowing horizontally with drifting of lying snow.

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Mole in snow 1380 feet above sea level!

Mole in snow, Rosedale Head- 25th March
Mole in snow, Rosedale Head- 25th March
Mole in snow, Rosedale Head- 25th March
Mole in snow, Rosedale Head- 25th March

Whilst sketching in somewhat adverse conditions, minus 2c with 45mph gusts I suddenly noticed a creature appear from the snow, crawl several metres then stop. It was a mole, covered in a layer of crusty ice. Casually the mole dug back down through the snow and was gone. A wonderful morning on the moors in the snow. Four snow buntings seen near the Lion Inn, Blakey. Almost continuous snow showers.

bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Red Grouse in snow- March 19th 3pm

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Castleton Rigg from Westerdale Moor(with Red Grouse)- watercolour in sketchbook
Red Grouse in snow covered heather- watercolour in sketchbook
Red Grouse in snow covered heather- watercolour in sketchbook

Here are a couple of sketches of Red Grouse in their snowy habitat on Westerdale moor yesterday. I am in my element at the moment with snow today and more forecast for the weekend. Yes I look forward to some warmer weather but the current conditions create some wonderful sketching opportunites and I am constantly struck by the tenacity of Red Grouse as they survive the harsh conditions.

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March snow in North Yorkshire

Potter’s Nab from Blakey Ridge- watercolour in sketchbook

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Roesdale Head, 11th March- watercolour in sketchbook
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Snow near Hutton le Hole- oil sketch

We have had a really snowy winter in this part of North Yorkshire. This has extended well into March. Last week saw some very heavy snow showers and impressive low temperatures. On March 11th I went to Rosedale Head where at 11am the temperature was still minus 4 celsius with the wind gusting to nearly 50mph and yet the March sun was high in the sky. On the moors it felt like mid winter and even at low levels the temperature struggled to climb above freezing with snow lying in shaded areas throughout the day. A great time to be out with my sketchbook-  I love painting snow.