Sketching on a hot day

At sketcher’s group today I skulked in the shade to sketch this clump of thistles only to find just a tiny piece of dark green the size of a cherry stone left in my box. Being soft pastels that didn’t last long and I found myself having to improvise to get the deeper tones on…

Spot the difference

Sometimes when you haven’t seen one of your paintings for a long time errors stand out like a sore thumb. I did this painting in 2014 as part of my ‘Walk in the Park’ exhibition when I was artist in residence for the park. Although the work is quite detailed it was done rather quickly…

I came, I sloshed paint around, I went home!

Sketching group today. Travelled light with my little field box of watercolours and sat in my favourite tree grove sloshing away. Trouble with watercolour is that it really cares about having the right paper (because its worth it)and can quickly descend into a muddy mess, it also helps if you don’t upset half the contents…

Coming out of hibernation

I had not been back to the Park since May 2020 due to Covid restrictions but today, 10th of June 2021 I met with the Hotham Park Sketchers and spent a happy hour doing this water colour sketch and having a delightful coffee time outside the cafe with the group. I feel a bit like…

Improvising

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….

‘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…

Gunnera

Four of us met to sketch in the park this morning and as it was was so hot all of us set about finding shady places to do our drawings. I chose a cool place near the gravel garden and was attracted by these majestic Gunnera leaves. I love the dramatic shapes they make between…

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…