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…

Spring sketch

Today I met with the fortnightly Hotham Park sketchers group. The sun looked lovely but as I sat in the shade drawing thisI got chilly in the wind. The Park looks wonderful but in need of a good shower as we have not had rain for a long time.

The Secret Garden

In a far corner of Hotham Park there is a delightful little secret (almost) garden which has been restored since I first visited it some years ago. This is what it looks like now.

New park work

Yesterday I started a new painting of a bare hazel tree which had lovely greens and yellows and complex twisting shapes. I decided to wing it and began to draw straight onto the natural linen canvas with an oil stick and thinners. This is the work after two sessions. using alkyd paints which dry overnight…

Sketch in the mist take 2

In the previous post of this sketch I threatened to have another go so tried to do more work in my studio.  The good thing about a blog like this that one can share failure as well as success. Persoanally  rate this a flop though I have learned a few things along the way. I…

Sketching in the mist.

Today I went to the Park early (ish)  to sketch in the misty conditions. I used an A2 size Pastelmat with a dark slate surface. I bought three of these sheets some years ago to try but never got around to it. Truth is they were expensive and I didn’t want to mess them up…