Diane Kettle artist


Enjoy your summer painting in the beautiful Peak District with Diane Kettle


We will be visiting seven different locations in the area on a Wednesday afternoon. These places offer opportunity for interesting paintings and subject matter for all abilities.   Enjoy the fresh air and companionship!   Please bring your usual drawing and painting equipment as well as a sketch book.  Also a light weight folding chair or stool, umbrella, warm clothes, and a flask of a hot drink  I always turn up at the venue unless it has been pouring with rain the whole day.


1.30pm - 4.30pm Cost £8 for the afternoon


7th May   Bonsall…..Charming Derbyshire stone village,  Market Cross,         Church, Historic Pub.   Meet at the market cross.  

14th May Tideswell.   Lovely old town,  beautiful Church.  
        Meet in front of the Church. 

21st May  Eyam.   The old plague village.   Charming old cottages, view of Eyam Hall, village stocks.   Meet by the village stocks.

4th June. Calver.   Old village, river, and mill.  Meet at Calver Craft Centre 

11th June. Wirksworth.   Old Derbyshire town,   lots of interesting architecture, beautiful Church.   Meet in the Church yard.

 18thh June  Monyash . Old buildings, old farms, village pond, church, market cross.   Meet at the village cross



The well will be up and dressed on the Saturday 24th May.  If any of you would like to help with some petalling in the week beginning 18th May you would be very welcome.  
My art studio will open during the week from the Saturday 24th May until Sunday 1st June
. Pictures , prints and cards for sale and my new collage work


during Youlgrave Well Dressing Week  
21st June till 25th June at the Methodist Church , Youlgrave.

I will be exhibiting 100+ paintings, prints and cards during the Youlgrave well dressing week…please come and visit!!!


My studio in Middleton by Youlgrave is available for private lessons.   I am able to teach drawing and measuring techniques, watercolours, pastels, acrylics, gouache, oil painting. pen and ink, pencil and crayon drawing.   When the weather gets warmer and brighter I can take the lessons outside in the village or down in Bradford Dale.


I try to be in my studio at the week ends so if you are passing this way do call in. Please check my website for news.

See you soon ….all the best……Diane


by the clapper bridge in Bradford Dale ....

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personal art tuition en plein air at Alport near Youlgrave

En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is often used to describe the practice of painting in the outside environment rather than indoors (such as in a studio). In English alfresco has the same meaning, however in Italian the term al fresco has a rather different one, either in jail or simply cool air !

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-1800s working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased with introduction in the 1870s of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The Newlyn School in Cornwall is considered another major location of such painting in the late 19th century.

French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pisarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated en plein air painting, and much of their work was done outdoors. Lucien Pisarro spent quite a bit of time in Youlgrave. I even know which house he lodged at in Bradford Dale. I hope I might spot a Pisarro painting each time I go to a car boot sale


 why not keep up your drawing skills at life drawing this autumn and winter?