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Renishaw Hall and Gardens Outdoor Painting

Renishaw Hall and Gardens Outdoor Painting

Hi Everyone.  The sun is shining, and we can meet friends outside again it's a great pleasure to resume outdoor sketching. I enjoyed a lovely afternoon with a good friend at Renishaw Hall and Gardens. Home to the Sitwell family. How lovely the gardens are, the hellebores were just going over, but the Bluebells are glorious. We both took advantage of the late afternoon sun and did a little in our sketchbooks, it was just so peaceful. If you get a chance do to go for a visit, the hall is presently closed. but all the gardens and the vineyard are now...

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Sketchbook Tour No 3 Cornwall and Amsterdam

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Sketchbook Tour No 3 Cornwall and Amsterdam

Morning fellow creatives Snowing and cold, I do think this is possibly the worst two weeks of the year for the great British weather. Hopefully early spring sunshine is not too far away, and we will all be able to get in the garden, and go eagerly outside with our sketching kit to enjoy it. So I offer sketchbook tour No 3 of North Cornwall, this trip was not all sunshine, but still lovely, invigorating, would be an appropriate word to describe it. Personally I love changing conditions, it gets the creative juices going. The last few pages of this...

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1 st Sketches of 2021

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1 st Sketches of 2021

Hello from snowy DerbyshireSo excited all last week to get started on the new tree project. I quickly realized that all great journeys start at the begging, and have all the P's in place, perfect preparation and all that.So to this end went out eagerly with sketching kit to investigate trees with an inquiring eye.Wind, snow, rain, and fleetingly beautiful sunshine and that was just the first 5 minutes, but then I do live in Derbyshire, so all part of the fun.So what did I learn, ... keep focus and don't get side tracked by fleeting moments. Unless they are...

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Cornish sketchbook tour No 2

Cornish sketchbook tour No 2

Hi Everyone.Do hope you are all well, let's hope the end is in sight with the rollout of the covid vaccine schedule. So what can we look to for inspiration whilst we wait? Rick Stein has continued to delight with stunning scenery from the Cornish coastline. So though I would check Youtube out, and take a look at some Cornish artists work, and see how they take inspiration from the scenery around them. What a delight to find Kurt Jackson just one of many talented artists to call Cornwall their studio. Do check his work out for yourself, it has...

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Cornwall Amazing Aqua Seas Sketchbook Tour

Cornwall Amazing Aqua Seas Sketchbook Tour

Hello Everyone. Here we are again Lockdown. Looking for inspiration in the kitchen, I came across Rick Stein BBC Two on Iplayer his intimate series on Cornwall is lovely, a real treat, not for cooking but for bringing back memories of sketching trips to this beautiful place. In particular, the walk starting at Trevone Bay and taking in the natural sinkhole, one of my favourite places. The colour of the sea is the most gorgeous aqua bluey-green. Who needs the Caribbean when our coastline is so amazing. We can only hope that it won't be too long now, before we...

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