Onion bed RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex

Onion bed RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex

Onions in the RHS trial/demonstration vegetable plot almost ready to harvest. This acrylic ink and indian ink artwork was developed from a sketch made on my last visit to RHS Hyde Hall Garden, Essex, England.
I grow shallots at home but when they are in the ground they are not as sculptural as these onions.

RHS Hyde Hall, Essex, UK – Rose hip sketch with ink colour test

RHS Hyde Hall, Essex, UK - Rose hip sketch with ink colour test

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.
http://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall