Sketching on a hot day

At sketcher’s group today I skulked in the shade to sketch this clump of thistles only to find just a tiny piece of dark green the size of a cherry stone left in my box. Being soft pastels that didn’t last long and I found myself having to improvise to get the deeper tones on…

Thistle patch, stage 1

I decided to abandon the last painting I posted on my blog and covered  it with blue tinted primer to be reborn as something else. It will form part of a trio of works  inspired by a patch of thistles in Hotham Park.Here is the first stage of one of them.  

Sometimes the wild things are best.

I am drawn to wild untidy things and  I find thistles hard to resist. They have interesting shapes at all stages of development and have that added connotation of suffering associated with prickles. When they tidied this part of the  Park for the Bognor in bloom competition I was pleased they left these for the…