Thursday, 13 August 2015

lavender on location

Hitchin Lavender - location sketch in watercolour
© Teresa Newham

If it's August, it must be time to visit Hitchin Lavender - it's almost a rule in our house.  We've been there in sunshine, and in pouring rain - it's spectacular, so this year I took my watercolours along.


lavender of various colours
© Teresa Newham

The idea was to do a quick location sketch while my companions - equipped with the scissors and bags provided -  snipped the lavender.  They soon vanished into a sea of blooms, along with the other visitors, while I secured a table and laid out my paints.


visitors snipping
© Teresa Newham

Plein air painting is full of interruptions and today was no different - bees, wasps, curious onlookers - and if you've ever tried to take an urgent phone call or two while (a) keeping your voice down, (b) holding a paintbrush  and (c) protecting your work from unforecast rain, you'll have an idea of how frazzled I was by the time the others returned . . .


the fruit of their labours!
© Teresa Newham

We retreated to the excellent café for lunch, and once the rain had stopped took a walk across to the sunflowers, which were just coming into bloom.   As we strolled back, I noticed that I wasn't the only artist there that day: a couple of people had settled down for the duration with canvas and acrylics.


sunflowers at the edge of the lavender fields
© Teresa Newham

This doesn't surprise me:  it's such an inspiring place.  At some point I'd love to make a painting or a linocut print of it - or perhaps both!  the possibilities are endless . . .


the display area
© Teresa Newham


Hitchin Lavender is open until September, and well worth a visit!  find them on Facebook or click here for their website.



2 comments:

  1. The watercolour brings out the essence of the day and the place beautifully. A great place to visit!

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  2. Thanks - it was great fun to do despite the usual challenges!

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