View from the Chevin

View from the Chevin IV, oil painting on paper. The last and favourite of my recent quartet of paintings about the view from the Chevin. This one sums it up best, the way I saw it in my head. I did a drawing with my eyes shut first to help me realise this. The town of Otley is represented by the brown lines, the reservoirs are in the mid disance and the Yorkshire Dales are beyond the horizon.

View from the Chevin IV

View from the Chevin III, watercolour. View of Otley from the Chevin - the hill that hangs over the town on the south side. This one actually shows the houses - as well as trees and moors.

View from the Chevin III

I painted the view a few times, each picture moving closer to how I saw it. To help with the last painting, I sketched it first with my eyes shut.

A pencil drawing with my eyes shut. I could see what I wanted to paint, but only in my mind's eye, not on the paper. This drawing helped.

View from the Chevin, eyes shut

Oil painting on paper of the view from the Chevin, a hill overlooking Otley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire. Keep going in the direction of the horizon and you get to the Yorkshire Dales.

View from the Chevin I

Wharfedale – Tour de France Stage 1

A Yorkshire day - view from the ChevinA Yorkshire day – view from the Chevin. A new painting commissioned and sold this week by Bono Art Gallery in Otley. On Saturday 5th July 2014 the first stage of Le Tour de France will pass through Otley and the Wharfe valley (scene of this painting) en route from Leeds to Harrogate via the Yorkshire Dales.