Keeping a park the size of Hotham looking good is a huge job and there has to be a nice balance between formality and wildness. Sometimes the wildness gets the upper hand so recently there has been big clean up with brambles and overgrown beds cleared, including the conservation pond which had completely reeded over….
I joined the fortnightly Hotham Park Sketchers today. It was cold sitting under the trees and I certainly didn’t do this scene justice, took a photo to prove it, but at least I did something before escaping to the cafe for hot coffee. I used felt tips and pastel to create this glorious mess.
Part of a series ‘Into the canopy’, acrylic on box canvas 60×60 cm. I think its finished.
Last time I went to the Park I took my camera for walk around on a dull January afternoon but however dull there is always something to delight the eyes if one takes the trouble to look.
Yesterday I did a plein-aire watercolour in a small sketchbook and added to the ranks of thousands of muddy watercolours already in existence. Watercolour is not my best medium, however I do like the digitalised version below.
Many years ago the was a small Zoo in Hotham Park but the animals shown here are part of the new adventure golf site created on the old putting green due to open in the spring.
This 60x60cm work is the second in the series inspired by looking up into tree canopies though it still has a long way to go. I have done 4 sessions so far and here are the last three, I failed to record the first. I failed to record the first.