Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sketching Great Dixter in the Spring

Reading in the Sunk Garden
11" x 8", pencil and coloured pencils in Daler Rowney sketchbook

copyright Katherine Tyrrell

We visited Great Dixter yesterday - above is the sketch I did which includes a rare sighting of 'he who must not be bored while I sketch'. You can find out about the visit, see more of Great Dixter in Great Dixter in the Spring and hear about the books I'm reading at the moment on my Travels with a Sketchbook Blog.

Do give me your views about a possible series of sketches on "Not being bored in gardens". ;)

I'm off to the Royal Horticultural Halls today to see the Daffodil Festival. I'm also hoping to resurrect a post about Arts and Crafts gardens which was butchered by Blogger last summer.

This morning I also updated my information site - Gardens in Art - Resources for Artists. For those who've not come across this before, this will of interest to those of you who:
  • love looking at paintings of gardens or
  • enjoy drawing or painting your own garden or gardens you visit
  • like looking at gardens as art and artwork in gardens.
In future this site will also include links to all blog posts involving sketching in gardens. I've also added in a link to my FREE guide on sketching plein air in gardens.


  1. Have a great time at the daffodil festival - I hope we'll see some lovely bright sketches!

    And thanks for the rare spotting of 'he who must not be bored'. Glad to know there are still some out in the wild...

  2. Well The RHS shows are quite a difficult place to sketch as there's quite a few people milling around and you'd not be very popular with the people displaying plants if you got in the way! I tend to mainly take photos - lots of opportunities to get in close to flowers and get good reference shots so you can see 'how they work' plus, of course, buy up the display come 4.30pm when the bell goes.

    I came home with two RHS "a bag for life" bags filled to the brim with tulips and daffs in the varieties which you never ever see in the shops.

    However I did sketch them on my way home on the tube!

  3. Katherine, Ahhhhh, this is so nice. Fun to share a quiet moment with "he who ust not be bored".

    You never cease to amaze me, I can't even keep up with reading one of your blogs much less how you write, tour, sketch, research, etc.

    Thank you!!!


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