Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Where is this Hedge?

Visit 'National Garden Scheme' for information about getting to see the hedge in grounds of Holme Lacy House.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Not again.

I had no intention of making this such a long, drawn out exercise but I think it's almost finished now.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Hedge,yet again.

I decided to try painting a watercolour picture of the first hedge photo that has the 'faces' in the intricate design. Here is stage one, using a light yellow wash before applying the greens in order to leave some of the yellow wash exposed for the sunny highlights.

This is the second stage of that hedge showing how sections of the hedge are being defined in more detail. More work still to do.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Tinted hedge

You will realise by now I am fascinated by the hedges at Holme Lacy. It seemed a good idea to try putting a wash over the sketch, now I'm not sure. The actual picture looks better than the photo so all is not lost!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Flower beds at Holme Lacy

We had a lovely holiday at Holme Lacy and particularly enjoyed exploring the grounds. This huge hedge, fashioned into contorted shapes was particularly impressive. How many years has it taken to reach this stage I wonder?

Gardens at Holme Lacy

I was fascinated by the Yew Hedges and was tempted to try some sketching.

My attempt at a pencil sketch of the hedge.
The result is a shadow of the real thing but was great fun to draw.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Hampton Court Castle, Herefordshire.

Just wanted to let you see the castle.

September Holiday

We have been away for a few days, in Holme Lacy. Whilst there we visited the Hampton Court Castle near to Leominster. This Hampton Court was established earlier than the one most people know, on the Thames near to London.

It's in a beautiful situation in the Herefordshire countryside and the gardens have been beautifully renovated, as this view of the water feature shows.

It was a peaceful, sunny afternoon and as we wandered around we spotted this little Sparrow having a wonderful time bathing in the Rill.