Painting the Lake District with Keith Melling

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The Lake District has long inspired, writers, poets and artists. Its 16 sparkling lakes, jagged peaks and dramatic weather create landscapes that capture the imagination. Here we share a tea with Keith Melling one of England’s leading landscape painters. Born in 1946, he has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember and the Lake District has always been a source of inspiration.

“The mountains never seem far away and the green valleys leading to them always appear in proportion”

Buttermere from DalegarthKM-min
Buttermere from Dalegarth

“As a painter of landscape I feel that I’m spoilt for choice in the Lake District, it’s such a dynamic and varied place, with inexhaustible subject matter. Every way you turn there is something worthy of attention. The mountains never seem far away and the green valleys leading to them always appear in proportion. Some of the lakes are long but certainly not too wide, so it’s possible to make a good composition almost out of anything and anywhere. This combined with the changing northern light, and the changing seasons make it the perfect place for a landscape painter.”

Grasmere from Dale EndKM-min
Grasmere from Dale End

The K Melling Studio-Gallery in Fence, close to Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland, displays a full range of over 100 framed pictures plus greetings cards and post cards. www.kmelling.com



Sunset over Coiston WaterKM-min
Sunset over Coiston Water