We had a good turnout of ten people for the day’s sketching and painting at Fulham Palace gardens. We met at the garden café for a chat about art things and preparation for the day’s work.
Some of us were to use pencil, some pencil and water-colour and two were to do oil painting.
It was a wonderful last day of summer, becoming very warm and humid, with lots of bright sun with deep shadows. The walled garden was full of late summer colourfulness. There were interesting shapes of ageing sunflowers, clumps of marigold and zinnias, huge squashes of different types with creeping stalks across the ground. Cabbages and fruit trees provided shade and contrast.
Paintings and drawings were done looking at the Palace from across the wide lawn. Compositions were made of flower beds which included fellow artists as models, and there was one painting done of trees in the nearby woodland.
We met for lunch back at the café, with sweat dripping down our bodies, for a catch up and sandwiches.
Some artists went back for more painting, now that their eyes were ‘in’ after the morning’s effort. Most had departed for home by tea time.
We were so lucky to have made the most of painting around the garden and Palace, observing sunshine colours and shapes, in the warmth of the last day of summer. Everyone produced strikingly colourful images.
Report by Philippa Seebohm