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Painting The Yorkshire Dales


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As part of our celebration of North Yorkshire and the Dales, we’re featuring some of the wonderfully talented people that make it so special and do their best to capture its beauty for all to enjoy. Keith Melling is one of England’s leading landscape painters, using oil paints, handmade in the traditional way, Keith’s paintings have been revered since the 1960’s. We recently shared a pot of tea with Keith as he shares with us his love for the Yorkshire Dales.

Romantic ruined abbeys feed the imagination and the remains and relics of long gone industries stir curiosity”

“The diverse scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is stunningly beautiful. It means many things to many people, but to me as a landscape painter, it offers an unlimited wealth of superb subject matter: from sweeping whale-backed fells rising majestically to apparently great heights (though most are less than 2000 ft), to the lush valleys with their picturesque villages and working farms. Romantic ruined abbeys feed the imagination and the remains and relics of long gone industries stir curiosity.

On Whernside looking to Ingleborough

The weird world of limestone is never far away, its unexpected moonscape pavements and scars invoking a sense of wonder. Then there are the transitory elements to think about: A view seen often and considered quite ordinary may suddenly be transformed by a certain trick of the light and appear extraordinary. The Yorkshire Dales has fascinated artists for centuries and will continue to so, and I’m no exception.”

To vie more of Keith’s wonderful work please visit www.kmelling.com

Up to the fells, Muker, Swaledale
The river Wharfe at Bolton Abbey
Limestone Country, Littondale