Drawing on the past

Sadly due to the Corona Virus it has been nearly a year since I was able to take the bus into Hotham Park to sketch but perhaps there is hope on the horizon with a vaccine on its way. I have done very little artwork but have created a vegetable garden partly from necessity but…

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,…


Because my husband is in the very vulnerable category going out to the Park in lockdown is definitely a no no. Instead the sketchers have been posting work they have done at home. I have been going through my numerous photos and sketches using them as starting places to practice digital work on my iPad….

Long distance sketch

I was unable to join the Hotham park sketchers today though I wanted to. instead put one of the many photos of the park I have taken over the years and drew a digital sketch from that on my iPad. I am slowly getting to grips with a little sketch program I have downloaded though…

‘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…


Today was Hotham Park Sketchers day and three of us sketched for a a lovely sun drenched hour. I used water soluble wax crayons with spit and fingers for water. I chose this shady spot under old yew trees then took a photo to remind me of the scene.

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.

Spring shapes.

Hotham Park Sketchers met today and I wandered over to the small Lodge house garden, where everything is pushing up to the sun, thoughI must say a bit of that would not have gone amiss today. I love the contrasting shapes and colours of the leaves and they jostle towards the light.