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…

Spit and polish

Today would have been my regular visit to Hotham Park to join the Hotham Park sketchers group fortnightly meeting there but sadly, because of lockdown that is not possible. Over the years as Artist in Residence for the park took hundreds of photos so turned to them for inspiration. I put the photo on screen,…

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…

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…

You win some, you lose some!

It was hot in the Park so I sought shade for the hour sketching with the group. I had forgotten my folding stool so ended up in an awkward sideways position on a bench with the book in front of me and the paints on the bench too. I wanted to be broad and bold…

Last Sketch of the year.

I met with the sketcher’s group today, it was COLD but here is the result. 2017 has been a very unproductive  year artistically for various reasons which I won’t bore you with but I’m ready to roll for 2018. As I have given away or sold quite a lot of my paintings I need to…

Long time no post!

Its been along time since I’ve been able to go to the Park or anywhere as we have kept ourselves away from people to avoid my husband getting an infection before a big lung operation. The operation is now over and very successful. Today I was able to join the sketchers in the Park.  It…

Sketcher’s group tree

‘Not another tree’ I can hear you say but this Yew is one I hadn’t noticed before and as the sketcher’s group meeting is only an hour I thought I had better get on with it. I don’t feel I have done this justice and will probably return to draw it again.

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…