Spring I mean. We have a really sunny day after days of mist, mirk and rain and the park is buzzing with all kinds of activity like tree surgery, dog walking, coffee taking at the cafe and the cawing of the resident crows up in their nests. At last it does feel like what has…
Some of the willow trees in the wildlife conservation area of Hotham Park have had a real hair cut. I was delighted to see this cat who seems to be a bit of a local character as I have spotted it before.
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.