This painting is the first I had worked on en plein air for years. I can’t believe I had forgotten just how much I love working outside.
Here a few more of the quickie sketches I did during the summer.
My sketches don’t just bring back the moment as a photo does, but all the sights and sounds throughout the time it takes to complete a drawing – including the one interruption from a stranger to ask if I’m drawing (!?).
I did just about all my sketches with Japanese brush pens of varying sizes.
During the summer this year, I traveled round Europe with my family. We visited Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and France. My sketchbook came with me…
Here are some of the Swedish ones.
From time, to time, out in the sunshine, and even with fantastic views, a painting or a sketch just doesn’t work – no matter what I do. I’m too ashamed to show you the results of the messes I ended up making, but the views were so fabulous, I though you might like to see what I was trying to paint…
Cherry Blossoms, gouache on watercolour paper. Prints and greetings cards are available at my shop on Etsy.
The Telegraph has written about Horatio’s Garden – and I get a mention, well two.
You can read it here.
I was commissioned to paint the house and gardens at the Scottish National Trust’s Greenbank Garden by the Trust as a gift for their retiring manager…