April the first and a wonderful warm sunny day. I got to the park early and spent several hours sketching. To begin I drew fresh green leaves and a few trees also took lots of photos. Things seem to happening so fast this spring, blink and you’ve missed it!
After surveying the devastation caused by the storms it was nice to come on this bed of Hellebores, a foretaste of spring.
The hurricane force winds of February 14th brought down some lovely trees in Hotham Park. During the winter several Holm oaks have fallen these being particularly vulnerable as they remain in full leaf. A huge blue cedar was another victim which will be missed by the nesting birds in the spring.
The old saying goes, February fill dyke black or white. I had hoped for a bit of white but snow has been replaced by wind and rain this year. I went into the park on a very windy day not long before the great Valentine’s Day storm. I wanted to see what it was like…
Following my time spent in Hotham park on that misty day I started work on a painting which is now finished.
On January 20 mist was forecast for the following day. I had wanted to paint the park misty so went early in the morning to take photos before it was gone. There had been so much rain during the month that the ground was waterlogged with pools of water under the trees. The mist and…
Dry calm sunny days have been rare this winter but on January 11 it was fine enough for me draw this lovely old tree. I have a small trifold mat such as campers use which I sometimes take to sit on instead of my folding stool and I sat on the ground to draw. The…
During December I did do some sketching in the park but the weather kept me away and I worked on this autumn picture in my studio. It is done in oils on canvas and is 90×90 cm.
The oak leaves in this photo were huge, obviously a different species from our native oaks. I have dried some and used then for templates for stencils.
Autumn came and went in a blustery rush. The winds seemed in a hurry to tear the leaves from the trees. I decided it would be safer to take some photos of what remained of the golden display before it was gone