I'm behind in my blog because I packed a couple of sketches from Wells that I forgot to photograph, so I'll circle back around to post those later.
After I dropped my family to hike the Thames Path, I headed north solo in the car to paint. I'm spending most of my time in Yorkshire, but I had a couple of nights before I could check into my B&b there, so I decided to stop partway in The Peak District in Derbyshire. It seemed appropriate on a Jane Austen trip to visit Mr. Darcy's home county.
It is stunning. After several false tries for a B&b, I gratefully ended up in Hartingon. I could spend a month painting here. It's a small stone village with gorgeous gardens, a cheese shop, a chocolate shop, two tea rooms, one inn for dinner, one excellent dry goods store where I got a neat hat to paint and walk in, and (best of all) absolutely gorgeous countryside the minute you step onto a footpath leading out of town.
I walked out in the evening the first day I arrived and did two watercolors in the late, slanting sunlight. Today I did five. I am going to have to come back someday with more time.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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