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…

Spring in the Lodge Garden

Sketching group in the Park today; what to draw in an hour? Big fat tulips in the Lodge House garden caught my eye with a riot of green things bursting to get attention all around, though at the moment these biggies had centre stage. Drawn in pen and pastel.

Spring shapes.

Hotham Park Sketchers met today and I wandered over to the small Lodge house garden, where everything is pushing up to the sun, thoughI must say a bit of that would not have gone amiss today. I love the contrasting shapes and colours of the leaves and they jostle towards the light.

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…

Last Sketch of the year

27 December was the last meeting of the Hotham Park Sketcher’s group. Two of us were sufficiently recovered from festivities to make it out to a dry but chilly park. I settled myself in front of the gravel garden pond and attempted to catch the plant textures  but soon got cold. I did take a…

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…

September Sun

I met with The Hotham Park sketchers today and was once more drawn to the sunny Lodge House garden where I sat on my folding stool  balancing my little field watercolour box and did this in a small  watercolour book wishing I had a bigger  surface to work on. It was the design quality of…

Sketching in the rain

 Hotham Park Sketchers were to meet today but as a welcome steady rain was falling I ended up alone. Settling myself in a little pavilion with my book and watercolours I enjoyed the solitude and lovely sound of rain dripping from the roof. The landscape was quite magical with what I call a mother of…

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.