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…

Boris

There is a little train that runs in Hotham Park in the summer and half term holidays. He is named Boris and children love him. I’m told his name is derived not from a certain blond desheveled politician but from a condensed version of the town’s name, Bognor Regis. The name is the result of…

Cafe Exhibition

On Monday 24th I will be showing my work for the Park in the Cafe there. It’s not an easy venue to mount an exhibition but I’ll do my best to put on a good show. If you are around that evening from 6.30 it would be great to see you as well as my invited…

Gravel garden

Earlier I posted a photo of this in progress and here is the finished version. The canvas is jute and working on it has been a delightful experience as it won’t allow one to get too fiddly. The gravel garden was created  last year and the landscaping is coming on nicely.

The Hotham Gravel Garden Stage 1

I’ve started work on a new painting which is on an 80×80 cm Jute canvas. The gravel garden with its water features is a new addition to the landscaping in Hotham Park. The planting is dramatic with a huge leaved plant in one corner and many strappy reed like plants. The colour of the gravel…

Spring in the Winter Garden

I really can’t make up my mind whether this is finished. It has got to the stage where the temptation is to continue titivating, adding a stroke here or a bit more just there. This can  mess up a painting. On balance I think I will let it rest for a few weeks as things…

Autumn in the rose garden

The circular rose garden in Hotham Park is a peaceful place to sit, surrounded by dark hedges and encircled by a brick path where well placed seats allow one to enjoy the buzzing of bees as they work the lavender. This painting is taken from a pastel sketch I did last autumn

Wild Patch

I love the wild corners of Hotham Park. This is a lovely sunny place in the wildlife conservation area. The late summer colours are glorious with yellow ragwort, seeded docks and teasels. This is painted acrylic on a 70 x 70cm fine cotton box canvas.