Long time no post!

Its been along time since I’ve been able to go to the Park or anywhere as we have kept ourselves away from people to avoid my husband getting an infection before a big lung operation. The operation is now over and very successful. Today I was able to join the sketchers in the Park.  It…

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…