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…

Hotham Park Country Fair

Tomorrow and on Sunday as Artist in Residence for Hotham Park I will have a stall at this annual event. The idea is to display my work and give interesting painting and pastel demonstrations for passers by, so wish me luck with that as I will be in a gazebo with an open front and…

A damp sketch

After the heat of last week today’s meeting of the Hotham sketchers group was a damp affair. I sat in the little Mediterranean garden and tried my hand at watercolour again until the rain spots began. I worked on it again with pen over coffee in the cafe and yet again with gouache when Igot…

Bare Hazel tree

Since Christmas I have had a sort of painter’s block, if there is such a thing, and I have found it difficult to pick up my brushes but I saw this bare Hazel in the spring sunshine and was inspired to put it it on canvas. I started it months ago and its only now…

The Secret Garden

In a far corner of Hotham Park there is a delightful little secret (almost) garden which has been restored since I first visited it some years ago. This is what it looks like now.

Runners in the Mist

Some people have watched gorillas in the mist but whilst sketching in the Hotham Park bandstand I had a grandstand view of the Saturday runners in the mist. I’ll grant you this is not nearly as exciting as being a few feet away from a gorilla but I thought their effort was worth a snap…

Park art

Yesterday I tried to sketch a very complicated Hazel tree during the Park Sketchers meeting. I must say I didn’t make things easy for myself. The colours were wonderful with mustard and green showing up when the sun came out. I’ll post a photo I took after. The other is a quick demonstration work for my…

There’s gold in that there Park

A couple of days ago I posted plein-air pastel sketches. I usually  take a few photos too. The frosts and wind will soon put an end to the show but if you are prepared to look in some of the hidden places gold can still be found.

Back to monoprinting

I was asked to run a monoprint workshop for the Southdowns Folk Festival taking place in Bognor  town centre. The only real connection with the Park is that the festival was hosted there last year.  In preparation and to get my hand back in I had another go at reeds inspired by the wildlife pond…

Sketching again…

Make sketch while the sun shines! So I headed to the Park for a meeting  in the cafe  but took my trusty pencils and book along to use after. Very hot, but thats not a complaint, I love it. I’m not sure the Park does though as eveything is looking a bit tired and in…