Spit and polish

Today would have been my regular visit to Hotham Park to join the Hotham Park sketchers group fortnightly meeting there but sadly, because of lockdown that is not possible. Over the years as Artist in Residence for the park took hundreds of photos so turned to them for inspiration. I put the photo on screen,…

Summer blooms

Hotham Park’s newly planted rose garden is starting to look good though there are a few gaps where someone thought they should help themselves to 8 David Austin rose bushes after they were planted. Somebody out there has a nice new rose garden at public expense. The roses will be replaced later costing the council…

Spring in the Lodge Garden

Sketching group in the Park today; what to draw in an hour? Big fat tulips in the Lodge House garden caught my eye with a riot of green things bursting to get attention all around, though at the moment these biggies had centre stage. Drawn in pen and pastel.

September Sun

I met with The Hotham Park sketchers today and was once more drawn to the sunny Lodge House garden where I sat on my folding stool  balancing my little field watercolour box and did this in a small  watercolour book wishing I had a bigger  surface to work on. It was the design quality of…

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…

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.      

Spring sun in Hotham Park

Today I joined the fortnightly sketchers in Hotham Park again and was surprised how much springing has gone on. I know it happens every year but somehow always comes as a delightful surprise.