Lords and Ladies – acrylic and indian ink painting reworked from an oil pastel sketch. The Arum Lily berries were ripening to a brilliant red on the purple and green stems, bare of their own leaves but surrounded by the tangled undergrowth.
This acrylic ink artwork was developed from a sketch made at Royal Horticultural Society – Hyde Hall Garden, Essex. I intended to start drawing in the vegetable garden but had to stop for these Rose hips.
I visited RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Essex last week with my sketchbook. This extract is a pen sketch of rose hips with an acrylic ink test strip. The test paper is used to work out the colours I want ready for use when I start on another artwork. There are always adjustments to the ink mixes as I proceed but to have approximate colours means I can work more fluidly.
RHS Hyde Hall Garden is one of my regular haunts, even in winter, but one of my favourite times is now, when plants and trees are fruiting or seeding with the late blast of summer flowers. But if visiting in June for the roses you have to remember to breathe out as all you want to do is take in all the different rose scents.
I am going to take a look at the summer exhibition 21st July – 24th August at the Sculpt Gallery, Tiptree, Essex, uk. Visit http://www.sculptgallery.com/ for opening times.
Colour is a significant element in my acrylic and ink paintings but space and line is also just as important.