"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Barnesdale Gardens Sketching

Yesterday Sue and I had a couple of hours sketching at Barnesdale Gardens. I think 2 and half to be precise. It was my first visit and was partly to see if some workshops there might be possible. The answer to that is yes. There is so much to draw with 38 differently themed gardens so it’s a great place for sketching, open all year round, has a good cafe and friendly staff.

 border bg greenhouse bg gunnera bg michaelmas and echinops bg veg bg

These quick notes are good for recording colour and some ideas for pattern and form. They are both my preoccupation this week and in coming workshops we will be looking at how to develop other work from sketches. Not necessarily paintings!

3 comments:

Jo said...

Are these done with watercolors, or watercolor pencils?

sharp green pencil said...

Hi there Jo, just watercolours... I dont have any watercolour pencils right now, or any colored pencils of any kind.I find for quick sketches a very small paintbox with just a few colours minimises dithering!

Jessica Rosemary Shepherd said...

Beautiful colours and freedom of expression. I have never been very good at sketchbook work - yours inspires me to do more.