The Hotham Hatter

Sir Richard Hotham began his working life as a hatter before becoming an entrepreneur and politician.  The park was his estate and he built himself a house of which the clock tower is the only remaining part.  Hatters had a reputation of madness which was due to the chemicals, including mercury, used in the hat…

Sketcher’s group tree

‘Not another tree’ I can hear you say but this Yew is one I hadn’t noticed before and as the sketcher’s group meeting is only an hour I thought I had better get on with it. I don’t feel I have done this justice and will probably return to draw it again.

Country Fair sketch

Last week I had a gazebo showing my work at the Hotham Park Country Fair. I was asked to ‘demonstrate’ so there was nothing for it but get out a large sheet of pastel paper and have a go at representing the scene opposite which was the Lions tea and beer tent. I have called…

Country Fair caper

I have  spent the weekend at the Hotham Park Country Fair  showing my work as Artist in Residence for the Park and demonstrating painting and pastels in a gazebo. There were a couple of showers on the first day which made things even more interesting but Sunday was a glorious shower free day. There were…

Hotham Park Country Fair

Tomorrow and on Sunday as Artist in Residence for Hotham Park I will have a stall at this annual event. The idea is to display my work and give interesting painting and pastel demonstrations for passers by, so wish me luck with that as I will be in a gazebo with an open front and…

A damp sketch

After the heat of last week today’s meeting of the Hotham sketchers group was a damp affair. I sat in the little Mediterranean garden and tried my hand at watercolour again until the rain spots began. I worked on it again with pen over coffee in the cafe and yet again with gouache when Igot…

Bare Hazel tree

Since Christmas I have had a sort of painter’s block, if there is such a thing, and I have found it difficult to pick up my brushes but I saw this bare Hazel in the spring sunshine and was inspired to put it it on canvas. I started it months ago and its only now…