Trees and gulls

This morning in the Park I sat on my little folding stool to sketch these spindly trees. The leaves were such an incredible vivid yellow green where the sun caught them but it was the trunks I was interested in. After I sat on a bench by the pool and was visited by two gulls…

March winds…

Met with fellow members of the Hotham Park Sketchers group for our fortnightly endurance test in the park. Honestly, I don’t know how those keen impressionists managed it, carting all their painting tools, canvases, stools, easels and umbrellas in all weather, even snow. As I got off the bus I was treated to a brief…

The Poodle tree

I have been Artist in Residence for Hotham Park in Bognor Regis since October 2013. Some years have been more productive than others but I have made quite a few paintings and a lot of sketches during this time. Some trees become familiar friends and this huge Black Poplar sketched during our fortnightly Hotham park…

Last Sketch of the year

27 December was the last meeting of the Hotham Park Sketcher’s group. Two of us were sufficiently recovered from festivities to make it out to a dry but chilly park. I settled myself in front of the gravel garden pond and attempted to catch the plant textures  but soon got cold. I did take a…

What a tangled web…

In Sketchers group at Hotham Park today I sat to draw a very complicated old tree root. Perhaps foolhardy as we only have an hour. The work looked rather undefined until I added some dark pen lines when I got home. I always think roots like this  look alive and always remind me of Graham…

Sketching in the rain

 Hotham Park Sketchers were to meet today but as a welcome steady rain was falling I ended up alone. Settling myself in a little pavilion with my book and watercolours I enjoyed the solitude and lovely sound of rain dripping from the roof. The landscape was quite magical with what I call a mother of…

You win some, you lose some!

It was hot in the Park so I sought shade for the hour sketching with the group. I had forgotten my folding stool so ended up in an awkward sideways position on a bench with the book in front of me and the paints on the bench too. I wanted to be broad and bold…

Alder: Into the canopy 3

This is part of a series based on looking into the canopy of the trees in Hotham Park. I may need to do a little more work to tidy one or two loose ends but its nearly there. I somtimes  wonder why I start things like this!