Carolyn and Roy welcomed six of us to their lovely and extensive garden. Most of us seemed drawn to the beautiful pond initially, which presented a stunning picture. However, the complexity of the problems involved in painting it, with its many plants, shadows, reflections, and moving sun, defeated a number of us in our efforts. A lesson reinforced (for me anyway): choose your subject wisely, according to the medium/s you are using, and simplify. Some did just that, or chose other subjects in the garden, - including a teddy bear?!
Home made fruit cake and shortbread were much enjoyed - thank you, Carolyn - as was the chance just to sit, chat and discuss our work on such a warm and sunny day, though a little cooler than it has been of late, thank goodness.
Next week we go to Southwold Harbour. Let’s hope there is still some nice summer weather left. Meanwhile, don’t forget if you put pictures into the exhibition in Harleston these are to be collected on Monday at 10 am.
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Wow! August already. And some relief in the weather, which was dry but with changeable cloud, and therefore changeable light too. Jackie found the sudden appearance of sun altered her picture completely so she abandoned it, but she kept careful notes for later completion.
Harriet was overgenerous. She promised two cakes and gave us three; she promised us two gardens to paint in and provided three. But Harriet’s own garden, plus the village green, was more than enough for our 11 members today. As usual, a very mixed bag of work from line drawings to painted work and from landscapes to flower studies. And a happy bunch of artists.
We are at Hannah's next week, in Thorndon. Don’t forget to put in your entries for the Swan August exhibition by then (8th).
Some other gardens nearby we were invited to:
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