We were last here in August 2018 but it seemed even better this year. Loads of flowers, beautifully maintained plants and shrubs, a pond, and all designed to provide a myriad of different views. Three acres I'm told, but it all blended into the surrounding countryside as though it were a much, much larger garden. About eleven of us enjoyed wandering around, sketching and painting, till it turned rather chilly. So we stopped a bit early to have tea and view some of our work.
Thank you to our hostess, Linda, for looking after us and supplying the refreshments. The garden is a great credit to the Batteley's.
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Warm, sunny, dry and the perfect temperature for outdoors. What more could you wish for to spend the day in a large woodland garden bordering on the River Waveney. Well, just morning coffee and afternoon tea in the Old King's Head, perhaps? Done!
We were twelve in the group today. Some sketched in pencil or pen, some in watercolours while a few adventurous ones used oils - and some tried a variety of media. There were interesting results all round, I'm sure you'll agree.
Next week we are meeting in Mellis.
I hope you've all entered your pictures for the Swan exhibitions, the first of which are due to be hung on 1st June.
Next week we are at Ian's at Westhorpe; he has kindly sent us more information and directions - which will appear on Messages.
Sally counted us out and she counted us back. Our trip to Cambridge ran very smoothly, with extra non-EAG passengers from Hoxne joining us and helping the outing to break even. I hope you all enjoyed the cultural delights of Cambridge, its scenic splendours - or shopping - and a delicious lunch somewhere. I know some of you went to Kettle's Yard, whereas my own time was divided between the University Botanical Gardens and the Fitzwilliam Museum, interspersed with breaks in the museum café.
The EAG summer programme continues next Thursday with a visit to Gaze's, hopefully a fine and sunny day. I hope by then I've got my head round Photos on my new smartphone and the means by which they will arrive on the website.
We experimented, trying to remember the order: clear water wash, gum arabic, pigment, palate, paint, lift .... But don't for goodness' sake wash when you should spray or spray when you should wash! And if you're granulating, steer clear of that water, even if it is watercolour painting.
I make light, but in fact it was a very interesting and absorbing day. We have Gilly to thank for her great demonstrations and clear explanations, as well as for her personal guidance and critique at the end. All these techniques do help us to understand and use our medium better. Just keep practising!
Inspired by this project our members engaged in thought-provoking musings and produced interesting images relating to Inheritance. Many were concentrated on the environmental problems of the planet, others on family or treasures handed down. An eclectic mix of subjects and media.
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My apologies if I did not quite get your 'story' right. Let me know and I will put it right next time.
Watercolour workshop next week, Cambridge the week after and then we begin the Summer Programme. Summer? Is it nearly here already! N
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