Ashness Bridge Part 1

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Every so often you come across a scene which needs little or no alteration to the composition and design; it seems to be the perfect painting subject. I think Ashness Bridge in Cumbria is one example of this. In fact, if the amount of calendars, postcards and paintings of this scene are anything to go on, I am not the only one who is of this opinion.

The little pack-horse bridge is in an elevated position overlooking Derwent-water, just a short drive from the town of Keswick.

It is one of the most detailed tutorials I have done on this site, requiring a whole host of watercolour techniques. I’ve been asked by a few members to do a slightly more detailed tutorial and this subject is the perfect choice so this will be in two parts.

In the first part we will be concentrating on the sky and misty mountain background, and in part two we will tackle the intricacy of the stone bridge and foreground.

I recommend you go for the larger (half imperial tracing) size as it is may be a bit busy for a small painting. However if you find the larger size a bit daunting, it will still work on a smaller sheet.