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…

Another work in progress

I  got into my studio early this morning and did three hours work before 9 on this painting which is inspired by Hotham Park’s winter garden. I like to have several paintings in progress at any time to alternate between them. The willows and dogwoods give a real splash of colour in the dark days of January,…

Meanwhile, back in the studio…

I thought I might try my hand at making a digital print from one of my drawings done in the park and spent a good few hours producing this. Hmmm! The scan also highlights our need to get a new printer which is producing a nasty line down the image.

Sketching in the rain

In conjunction with Cloudhopper Gallery I have arranged a series of sketching classes  to be held in Hotham Park in June and July. Today was the first one and in typical contrariness it rained. We were to meet at the Bandstand where we could be dry but all bar one man stayed away so he enjoyed…

Old trees

Many of the trees in Hotham  park are quite old and this one has obviously been a des-res for a woodpecker at some point in its history.

The last of May

The final day of May and at last a bit of sun. Into the park this morning and it was well worth the trouble as the gardens look lovely. The little Mediterranean garden is awash with yellow. To me sketches are a bit like maps giving you a fix on where to go. Why not just…

Cow parsley time

I came across a wonderful display of Cow parsley and Campion in a wild area of Hotham and perhaps rather foolishly I have started on a painting of it. Sometimes I think I have a perverse gluttony for punishment! This is the first stage and it all looks rather pasty but no doubt after several sessions…