Saturday, 6 September 2008


On the Saturday whilst at Anitas we decided to drive to Rutland about an hour away to visit the Barnsdale Gardens, home of Gardeners World BBC2 tv programmes. It comprises 37 small gardens over 8 acres and it took us another hour strolling round trying to decide where to paint and sketch for the day. After a well deserved early lunch break in the tea rooms gardens in lovely sunshine, we went our separate ways.

My first effort was a quick sketch in watercolour paper of the ladies enjoying an outdoor lunch in the sunshine planning yet another trip somewhere together once they got their diaries sorted out!! When I got home I put in the colour from memory and then stuck the small watercolour into my moleskin sketchbook.

My main day's watercolour painting was very comfortable on a bench with wide arms that acted as a table for my watercolours, pot and pens. It faced a beautiful collection of pastel coloured flowering shrubs and trees spreading round a lovely curve of lawn. I had a lot of visitors and kindly comments, although most of the time it looked like a dabble of abstract colour, as I decided to simply place the colour shapes in and finish with some penwork.

After another break for cold drink as it was very warm and sunny most of the day, we settled nearer to each other , either side of a greenhouse. I bravely sketched it from start in pen - and as you can see have yet to add colour. Afraid the deckchair is a bit wonky - very difficult!!!
Thats the end of my sketches during my 5 days with Anita and I think I must get on with some acrylic decorative canvas work I have to deliver on 25th Sept. . .so bye for now.


Anita Davies said...

Joannie your garden watercolour is not showing for some reason, did you remember to upload it?

Claudia said...

Wonderful sketches, Joan. I like the first one with the ladies so much, but the second one is very good, too, although without colours. I love the rhythm of your line.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

'Rhythm of line' Claudia is a kind comment - I only see it (especially in the enlarged image) as quick scribble!!!
Thanks Anita - I in fact did not post the watercolour as it photo'd far too light (too big to scan) and I thought the post was long enough anyway.

Sandy Maudlin said...

what a refreshing time you must have had. WOnderful to share with us too. Thanks so much.

Robert A Vollrath said...

I always love your sketchbook posts.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Yes Sandy it was a lovely day out in the sunshine doing what we both love so much, just sketching the beauty before us.
Robert, Hope you enlarged the penwork of the Country Cottage area with greenhouse and deckchair, as you can then see how simply it was put down ready for colour. Flowers a bit big but I wanted to capture their own delightful shapes.