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. ┬áThe good thing about a blog like this that one can share failure as well as success. Persoanally ┬árate this a flop though I have learned a few things along the way. I…

Runners in the Mist

Some people have watched gorillas in the mist but whilst sketching in the Hotham Park bandstand I had a grandstand view of the Saturday runners in the mist. I’ll grant you this is not nearly as exciting as being a few feet away from a gorilla but I thought their effort was worth a snap…

Artistic ducks

Whilst sketching yesterday I was visited by two ducks who obviously knew good art when they saw it….well thats how I like to think. Actually they couldn’t see what I was doing as they were below me on the grass close to the bandstand where I sat. I guess its the time of year when…