Derwent Dam

Monday, 8th May 2006

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Derwent Dam

The advantage of working in the Peak District for me is that even on a day like this, when I have errands to do in the morning, it's worth packing sandwiches and flasks and setting off at noon because I can be there by 1 pm or so and get a good four hours drawing in. To be honest, after I've done four hours drawing on location I'm pretty exhausted and need to finish for the day or have a proper break.

Although at home the grey clouds of the morning had cleared when I got to Ladybower it started spotting with rain. Not enough to stop me drawing the view of Derwent Dam that we'd found on our walk last Thursday but after 40 minutes or so I was holding a hat over my sketchbook to dodge the drops. I should have used waterproof ink!

I drove up to the top end of the valley at Howden Dam. It reminded me of Scotland, of the road to the Isles; a single track roads dodging in and out of the pines with wild hills and natural looking water in the background.


I paused and drew Howden Dam before returning home. The reservoir is brim full. Hosepipe bans and drought orders seem like a faraway problem here.

It still surprises me that there are such big remote-looking landscapes so close to home. Next Page

Richard Bell,

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