A glorious mess

At the sketching in the park session today I decided to try using oil cryons again as I do like a challenge. It certainly was a challenge. To start with I was sitting in the sun in the Lodge house garden, mainly to get out of the nippy wind but alas the hot sun had…

Alder: Into the canopy 3

This is part of a series based on looking into the canopy of the trees in Hotham Park. I may need to do a little more work to tidy one or two loose ends but its nearly there. I somtimes  wonder why I start things like this!  

Jerusalem Sage

Hotham Park Sketchers met today and it was so nice to feel the warm sun while I sat in the little Mediterranean garden drawing this Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis) which is one of my favourite plants with its velvety leaves and green buds. It will erupt  bright yellow flowers later then green seedheads changing to a…

Teasel Patch

I return again again to this patch of teasels in the conservation area of the park. They start a lovely soft green then the mauve flowers appear and they gradually change into gentle beiges and finally shades of brown. I have incuded them in several artworks.      

Its all happening at the Park…

Spring I mean. We have a really sunny day after days of mist, mirk  and  rain and the park is buzzing with all kinds of activity like tree surgery, dog walking, coffee taking at the cafe and the cawing of  the resident crows up in their nests. At last it does feel like what has…

Big tidy up in the Park.

Keeping a park the size of Hotham looking good is a huge job and there has to be a nice balance between formality and wildness. Sometimes the wildness gets the upper hand so recently there has been big clean up with brambles and overgrown beds cleared, including the conservation pond which had completely reeded over….