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!

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  1. Are these done with watercolors, or watercolor pencils?

  2. 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!

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

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