Sketching on a hot day

At sketcher’s group today I skulked in the shade to sketch this clump of thistles only to find just a tiny piece of dark green the size of a cherry stone left in my box. Being soft pastels that didn’t last long and I found myself having to improvise to get the deeper tones on…

Chasing the light

Today at sketching group the light under the trees caught my attention and I tried to catch the scene with my watercolours, this time on a watercolour pad. I love strong colours and use Prussian Blue a lot to mix colour for the darker areas I did my best in the time I had and…

Spot the difference

Sometimes when you haven’t seen one of your paintings for a long time errors stand out like a sore thumb. I did this painting in 2014 as part of my ‘Walk in the Park’ exhibition when I was artist in residence for the park. Although the work is quite detailed it was done rather quickly…

I came, I sloshed paint around, I went home!

Sketching group today. Travelled light with my little field box of watercolours and sat in my favourite tree grove sloshing away. Trouble with watercolour is that it really cares about having the right paper (because its worth it)and can quickly descend into a muddy mess, it also helps if you don’t upset half the contents…

Coming out of hibernation

I had not been back to the Park since May 2020 due to Covid restrictions but today, 10th of June 2021 I met with the Hotham Park Sketchers and spent a happy hour doing this water colour sketch and having a delightful coffee time outside the cafe with the group. I feel a bit like…

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,…

‘One misty moisty morning…’

Today’s sketching for the Hotham Park Sketchers group reminded me of that children’s nursery rhyme as it was misty, cold and damp giving me chilled hands and feet. It was with a sense of relief I got to the cafe to warm up after. I did manage this pastel sketch on A3 beige kraft paper….

Under the yew trees

Because of illness I have not been able to get into the Park for a while but today I joined the fortnightly sketchers group and as it was spotting with rain plonked my stool down in a grove of Yew trees which gave some shelter. I set about drawing one of the trees. Yews are…

The ghost willow

Today during sketchers group I visited this weeping willow which was once a lovely sight in the spring but this year its a bare skeleton as it did not survive last years drought. Its still very interesting to me as I love tangled branches but its a sad reminder of what can happen as we…