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Length: Full tutorial 123 minutes
Difficulty Level: Grade 2

I took the reference photo for this subject on a walk around Derwentwater in March this year.

The previous winter must have been fairly dry by Lake District standards, because a lot of the shoreline was exposed which provides us with an interesting view of the pebbled beach, both in the middle distance and the foreground.

We also get to see a lot more of the rocks and boulders, some of which are on the shore, and some partly submerged in the shallows of the lake, adding an extra challenge.

I am working here with quite a limited palette; mainly blues, greys, and dark green, plus a light straw colour for that lovely bright light seen filtering through the middle-distance trees, and contrasting with the strong blue/grey of the distant fells.

I worked on a quarter imperial (approximately 15” x 11”) sheet, which I think is the ideal size for this subject.


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