Peter Brook
I was first given a go with oil paints as a child in the 60s and have used them ever since. I think it was Ruskin who said that mountains were the beginning and the end of landscape. They certainly got me going! The coasts of Britain and Ireland, music and the theatre also get me going, as does the magic and nostalgia of steam railways, a painting genre I have tried more recently.
I find the Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater valleys in the English Lake District very attractive and I like to cycle out to paint en plein air whenever possible. I call the results “oil sketches”. My ideal is to produce, in about 3 hours, a good, lively-looking painting which can be hung, still wet, as soon as I get it home.

Borrowdale viewed from near Applethwaite, Underskiddaw, plein air sketch 8/6/13. The painting is presented in the simple cherrywood frame I made for it.
Derwentwater valley, E...
Size: 18 x 14 inches
Media: Oil
Price: $ 450
Out one day on a cycle ride, I had this fortunate encounter with a shepherd and his flock. To make this painting with the help of my photo, I just had to remove the shepherd from his quad bike, put a staff in his hand et voila! The painting is presented i
The Loweswater Shepherd
Size: 20 x 16 inches
Media: Oil
Price: $ 450
I hugely enjoyed a visit to Paris & the Louvre in April 2011, especially escaping the crowds to enjoy the French School paintings. The Corots were a treat, (as were the Courbets, Manets etc at the Musee d'Orsay.)
Back in Cumbria, whilst out on my favouri
The Little Shepherd
Size: 30 x 24 inches
Media: Oil
Price: $ 500
A favourite view of the Crummock valley. This time, some lambs greet the viewer at the Foulsyke gate.
Crummock Valley, Engli...
Size: 16 x 12 inches
Media: Oil
Price: $ 375
This marine celebration of the wonderful puffins is lashed to a driftwood frame, like a sail, with eyelets. It was on a visit to the Treshnish Isles not far from Staffa that we saw them among bluebells. However, some of the characters seen here were gathe
Size: 30 x 20 inches
Media: Oil
Price: $ 550
I'm the fiddler here in this Irish rural idyll. The painting is unframed.
Cottage in Donegal, Ir...
Size: 30 x 20 inches
Media: Oil
Price: $ 350
Plein air sketch just finished, 10/7/14.

Cezanne made several paintings of the Mont St. Victoire. I seem to like to return to this view of the Crummock valley from a farm gate in a little place called Foulsyke. I remember doing my first one in the late
Crummock Valley, 10/7/14
Size: 20 x 10 inches
Media: Oil
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