Cork Oak, Sketching History

I sketched in the park today making a study of this old Cork Oak which was planted by William Fletcher on the occasion of his marriage. The Fletchers have long gone but this wonderful tree is still there. Advertisements

Marathon? Hotham Park Dreaming, Stage 6.

Never mind the marathon in the Commonwealth games, I’m engaged in my very own paintathon but at last I can see the finishing tape! I have been getting into my studio before 6 each day before it gets too hot for the acrylic paint to function. I’m dying to get on with something else but…

Sometimes the wild things are best.

I am drawn to wild untidy things and  I find thistles hard to resist. They have interesting shapes at all stages of development and have that added connotation of suffering associated with prickles. When they tidied this part of the  Park for the Bognor in bloom competition I was pleased they left these for the…

The odd ones out.

William Fletcher, resident of Hotham park House travelled around the world collecting plants for  his garden. Looking at his planting scheme he might have benefitted from a few lessons from Capability Brown.