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…

Drawing a blank

Went sketching with the group on the park today but it was one of those times when nothing went right. I faced my subject the wrong way and was blinded by the light, then whilst sitting on my stool in front of a seat I became very aware that it is the school holidays so…

Trees and gulls

This morning in the Park I sat on my little folding stool to sketch these spindly trees. The leaves were such an incredible vivid yellow green where the sun caught them but it was the trunks I was interested in. After I sat on a bench by the pool and was visited by two gulls…

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…

What a tangled web…

In Sketchers group at Hotham Park today I sat to draw a very complicated old tree root. Perhaps foolhardy as we only have an hour. The work looked rather undefined until I added some dark pen lines when I got home. I always think roots like this ¬†look alive and always remind me of Graham…

Justice not done!

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.