I always have a sketchbook to hand wherever I am to make rapid sketches.
Above Skirethorns, Threshfield, Yorkshire Dales 06/09/20
Artist: Keith Melling
Rocks in Faugh's Quarry, Newchurch Lancashire 04/09/20
Artist: Keith Melling
View towards Great Whernside and Grass Wood from above Skirethorn, Threshfield 23/08/20
Artist: Keith Melling
Sell Gill Holes 09/08/20
I've passed this way before and seen this pot hole but it's always fascinating.
Pencil & white crayon
Artist: Keith Melling
View from Elbolton to Simon's Seat, Yorkshire Dales 02/08/20
This hill is a Reef Knoll (made from pure limestone) near Linton.
Pencil & white crayon
Artist: Keith Melling
Blacko Tower from Clarion, Roughlee, Lancashire 17/05/20
I was sat on bench here after a long walk. Needless to say though it was a Sunday and despite the lessoning of the lockdown because of Covid19 pandemic, the Clarion was closed and there was hardly anybody about.
Higham from the vicarage road, dusk 06/05/20
Guide Lane, Higham, dusk 23/04/20
There was a beautiful sunset but obviously I couldn't capture that in my sketch. During the time of my walk, unusually I missed the clapping for the NHS, but I could faintly hear it and there were some fireworks over Nelson and Brierfield.
Harpers Wood, Fence, Lancashire 19/04/20
Another drawing of this wood during the Corvid19 pandemic lockdown,
Pendle Hill from Top o' Lingbobs 05/04/20
Long walk and sketch during the lockdown
Colne Water 29/03/20
I don't think this is named the River Calder as I've written on the sketch. But it's deceiving because some buildings which overlook it are called Calder View etc. I had a walk along its banks with S and M during the corona virus restrictions and when people passed we gave them a wide berth and so did they with us.
Under Pendle 06/03/20
A fine and sunny day with big fluffy clouds for a change. And yes, there is actually a place called 'Under Pendle'. It seems to me that it's a small cluster of buildings.
Between Thorpe and Burnsall near Badger Lane, Yorkshire Dales 01/03/20
Near the little suspension bridge at Hebden, Yorkshire Dales 01/03/20
Embsay Reservoir, Yorkshire Dales15/12/19.
There was a covering of snow which made everywhere look very picturesque. Most of the snow was gone the following day.
Moor Lane, Hetton, Yorkshire Dales 08/12/19
Wood near Flasby Fell, Yorkshire Dales 24/11/19.
Had walk from Flasby to Sharp Haw and back. This wood was half way up, overlooking Gargrave.
Ingleborough from Twistleton Scar 10/11/19
Pendle Hill from above Long Preston, Yorkshire Dales 27/10/19
Somewhere near Langber Lane we stopped and looking behind there was this magnificent view.
Ingleborough from Bruntscar Hall, Chapel le Dalel 20/10/19
It was a fairly dull non-descript day but at least Ingleborough was visible.
Grimwith Res near Hebden, Yorkshire Dales. 14/10/19
Believe or not; a barn owl flew out of the window of the barn then flew back a few minutes later. It was so good to see, it alighted on the sill and looked back, I could see its characteristic face before it went inside.
View from Inn Keepers Lodge, Balloch, Loch Lomond 19/8/19
Pen and white pencil
Drawing - Keith Melling
Gill House Barn near Yarnbury, Yorkshire Dales 11/08/19
Pen-y-ghent and River Ribble at Horton in Ribblesdale 04/08/19
A quiet stroll by the river to Helwith Bridge from Horton.
Pencil and white crayon.
Artist - Keith Melling
Rowton Pot, Kingsdale, Yorkshire Dales
07/11/18 Raining at Clapham
15/09/18 Leeds Piano Competition 2018.
This is a quick sketch of the winner in action playing a Beethoven piano concerto.
30/06/18 Near Walloper Well, Newton-in-Bowland.
I was sketching on a blistering hot day from my car with all the windows down when a young chap came over the brow of the hill and made a beeline for me. He had his shirt tied round his middle and must have been exhausted after walking up the seemingly never ending drag from Clitheroe. He bent his head down and peered through the open window, he was about a foot from me and when he opened his almost toothless mouth I could see his blackened teeth. I don't know whether he meant it or not but he said "Does this road go to London?"
"It goes to Newton" I replied.
"I' could do with a drink" he said rather longingly. So I gave him my half full bottle of water and he went happily on his way and I carried on with my quick sketch.
09/06/18 Pendle Hill from above Hey's Lane near Bridge End, Barley
20/05/18 Pendle Hill from Till House near Rodhill Gate Lane (track), Sawley.
Started walking through fields from Sawley, it was difficult finding the way and had to look at the map a million times. The weather was brilliant and the views were very good.
30/03/18 Top Mere Road, above Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales.
From the rickety old bench by the gate up the green lane. Kettlewell is out of site; at least it is when sat on the bench.
30/12/17 Pen-y-ghent and Fountains Fell (right) from above Little Stainforth.
It puzzled me somewhat why Fountims Fell looked higher than Pen-y-ghent from this angle, when I knew that it it wasn't. Obviously it must have been nearer, but I didn't think it was.
Also why is Little Sainforth sometimes known as Knight Sainforth?
24/12/17 Looking south-east from Weets Hill with flock of fieldfares, Barnoldswick, Lancashire.
We were sheltering from a strong cold wind behind a wall.
13/08/17 New Bridge near Litton, Yorkshire Dales.
The river was dry on this occasion apart from a few still pools.
The Bridge is quite old really, it's just called 'New Bridge'
21/07/17 Scot Gate Lane above Conistone
02/07/17 Thimble Stones, Ilkley Moor.
It was sunny with a sneaky cool breeze, and just around here was a bit boggy, so maybe this contributed to me choosing this view.
25/06/17 S drawing the view looking out of Scoska Cave, Littondale, Yorkshire Dales.
We couldn't stay long because of the midges...lots of them.
11/06/17 Middle House Farm near Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
07/05/17 Stockdale Lane near Settle, Yorkshire Dales
02/05/17 A mountain view from our hotel balcony at Port Soller, Mallorca.
29/04/17 Mark House Lane near Bell Busk, North Yorkshire.
Always a pleasant walk from Gargrave up this geen lane to Newfield Bridge and back along the Pennine Way.
23/04/17 On top of Malham Cove
You can't go wrong at Malham - a walk in a dynamic place in lovely weather.
23/03/17 Posforth Gill Waterfall in the Valley of Desolation near Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales
05/02/17 A walk and sketch in Bronte Country,.Towards Top Withins (or Withens) said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
08/01/17 In Threshfield Quarry, Yorkshire Dales.
It is disused now and and parts of it are designated 'Sites of Special Scienific Interest'. This drawing was done between the two main parts of it. It's the largest quarry I've ever seen.
27/11/16 Malham Moor Road, near Threshfield, Yorkshire Dales
20/11/16 Windfall Apples at the Postman's Shelter, Nesfield near Ilkley,
5/11/16 Addleborough from above Sedbusk, Wensleydale
23/10/16 Aysgill Force, Sleddale (a side valley of Wensleydale). There were lovely autumn colours around the waterfall and all the way down Gayle Beck,
16/10/16 Cote Gill, looking to Littondale, Yorkshire Dales
.30/09/16 On Whitbarrow, South Lakes, Cumbria
An excellent day with good views all around
05/09/16 View from apartment window in Venice, where we stayed.
18/09/16 Top Mere Road over Cam Pasture, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales.
A hard slog of a walk up the steep walled lane from Kettlewell, but with magnificent views looking back.
28/08/16 Near the entrance toTrollers Gill, Skyreholme, Yorkshire Dales
25/08/16 Dry Dock,Rochdale Canal, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
12/08/16 Providence Pot in Dowber Gill, Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales
31/07/16 Sat at back of Cavendish Arms, overlooking River Eea, Cartmel, Cumbria
24/07/16 Trees by the River Dunsop at Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire.
Looking to Pendle from near Beamsley Beacon
It's not like a castle at all, but more of an old barn.
Trough of Bowland, Lancashire
Distant Ingleborough behind the nose of Pen-y-ghent from the flanks of Fountains Fell.
Having a beer sat outside the 'Hark to Bounty' looking across to Slaidburn YHA.
Fountains Fell from Horse Head Moor, Littondale, Yorkshire Dales
Fountains Fell from Horse Head Pass, Littondale, Yorkshire Dales
Watercolour sketch 08/05/16
There are small areas of limestone pavement in Oxenber Wood near Feizor, Yorkshire Dales
Grimwith Res. near Hebden, Yorkshire Dales
Scafells from Wastwater, Cumbria
A stream near Cray, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales.
It was raining slightly, my my sketch was getting wet and as I was using a water solouble pencil, it became increasingly difficult to draw with control. S and I popped into the White Lion (nearby) for a swift half and quick game of chess before continuing our walk.
The ruined remains of Firber House, near Wheathead Height, Pendle
New House, Langstothdale, Yorkshire Dales
River Hodder between Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire
14/02/16 Calf Hey Reservoir, Haslingden Grane, Lancashire
River Wharfe at Howgill, Yorkshire Dales
In Grizedale Forest
River Wharfe at Hebden, Yorkshire Dales
The water level still quite high from the recent floods
From Cafe Cargo, Foulridge Wharf, Lancashire
From Skipton Moor near Back Plantation
08/11/15 Moor Lane, the old Roman road near Addingham, West Yorkshire. A wet day
The Mares Tail, Force Gill, Whernside, Yorkshire Dales
Hebden Gill, Yorkshire Dales
Posforth Gill waterfall, Valley of Desolation, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales
Pendle from Weets Hill, Lancashire
08/10/15 Road over White Moss to Grasmere, Cumbria
Lower Force Gill, Ribblehead. Near the entrance to Blea Tunnel on way up to Whernside
Looking down from Hollowstones to Wastwater on the way up to Scafell Pike, Lake District
Horner Close Barn, near Boss Moor Lane, Bordley, Yorkshire Dales.
Pendle Hill and Winterburn Res from Boss Moor, Yorkshire Dales
Quick sketch at Staithes near Whitby, Yorkshire
On Clowder looking over Darnbrook Cowside, Littondale,Yorkshire Dales.
We walked up Yew Cogar Scar from Arncliffe, over Clowder and down Cote Gill to Hawkswick Cote before returning by the River Skirfare to Arncliffe.
Trees on Watery Lane near Sabden Fold, Lancashire
Distant Pendle Hill from above Stainforth, Yorkshire Dales
Longridge Fell & distant Bowland Fells from above Spring Wood, Whalley, Lancs.
The nose of Pen-y-ghent from the Silverdale road near Dale Head Farm, Yorkshire Dales
Dowkerbottom Cave, Littondale, Yorkshire Dales
Sleets Gill Cave in Littondale, near Hawkswick and Kilnsey , Yorkshire Dales
A lane near Meathrop, Grange over Sands, Cumbria
Across the Kent estuary to Sandside & Arnside
Wytha Bridge near Rimington, Lancashire
Distant Pendle from High Langber near Settle
Pendle Hill from near Langber Lane above Long Preston, North Yorkshire
River Wharfe near Hebden, Yorkshire Dales
A Beech tree that caught my eye near West Bradford, Clitheroe
The pot hole entrance of Sell Gill Hole on Harbour Scar Lane near Horton-in-Ribblesdale,Yorkshire Dales
Pen-y-ghent, Yorkshire Dales
Signpost near Stang Top, Barley, Lancashire
Distant Pendle Hill from Giggleswick Scar, Yorkshire Dales
Distant Pendle from Hanlith, dusk. Malhamdale, Yorkshire Dales.
Quick sketch at Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales
RainIng in Grass Wood, Grassington, Yorkshire Dales
Malham Moor Road near Skirethorns. Yokshire Dales
Distant Pendle Hill from near Otterburn
Pendle Hill from above Thursden Valley, dusk
Pendle Hill from the Dove Stones track near Boulsworth
Pendle Hill from near Ickornshaw, West Yorkshire
An older sketch from 1988
Pendle Hill from Cross Hill Lane near Rimington
An older sketch from 1988
Old Stile near Barrowford locks, Lancashire...An older sketch from 1988
Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Salterforth. Lancashire
Penyghent from Norber, Yorkshire Dales
From Lingmoor Fell looking east towards Loughrigg Fell
Langdale Pikes from Lingmoor Fell
On Monubent Lane, Forest Becks, Bolton by Bowland, Lancashire
Simon's Seat from Black Hill Road, Skyreholme, Yorkshire Dales
Longridge Fell from foot of Mearley Moor, Pendle, Lancashire
Looking over Nick o' Pendle from Mearley Moor, Sabden, Lancashire
Trees att Cartmel Racecourse, Cumbria
Mark House Lane near Bell Busk, Airedale, Yorkshire
Ingleborough from Runscar Scars, Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales
Distant Pendle from Embsay Crag, Embsay near Skipton, NorthYorkshire
Above Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
At Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Distant Pendle from Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales
Weets Hill is also on the horizon (left of Pendle)
Conistone Moor from near Mossdale Scar, Yorkshire Dales
View from the Limestone Pavements near the Bycliffe Track above Conistone, Yorkshire Dales
Above the Mile Tunnel,Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Foulridge, Lancashire
Silver Howe from Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Lakeland
Walshaw Dean Resrs. middle res dry. West Yorkshire
Rocks at Gorple Beck, Widdop, West Yorkshire
Trees at Stocks Reservoir. I just drew what I could see from where we were sat on our break from walking around Stocks Res.
Langdale Beck at Chapel Stile in the Langdale Valley, Lakeland
Green Lane near Grindleton, Clitheroe, Lancashire
Malaga Beach, Spain
Whernside from the ascent of Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales
Wood near Barley Hill, Lancashire
Grindleton near Clitheroe, Lancashire
Oxenber Wood, near Feizor, Yorkshire Dales
Reedley Hallows, Burnley, Lancashire
Stepping stones, River Skirfare, near Litton, Littondale, Yorkshire Dales
The river bed was virtually dry, as it often is here.
Pendle Hill from Boulsworth Hill, near the Little Saucer Stones, Trawden, Lancashire
Mwnt Beach near Cardigan, Wales
Ruin of Gill House Farm, Yarnbury, Grassington Yorkshire Dales
A very hot day. We found quite a few traps for catching stoats etc. presumably set by the game keepers.
Langdale Pikes from across the valley on the Cumbrian Way. A zoomed in sketch
Ingleborough from Crina Bottom, near Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales
Actually this is just above Crina Bottom
Patagonia Cafe, Queenstown, New Zealand
The Remakables from Queenstown, New Zealand
Outside Glenorchy Hotel, Glenorchy, New Zealand
Mountain view from Fox Glacier Motel, New Zealand.
02/02/13 View from our motel at Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. (view from the motel where we stayed the night).
Kaikoura Mountains from Kaikoura, New Zealand
Tasmin Mountains from Rabbit Island, New Zealand