This a new location for us, suggested by one of our members who frequently spots it from the tube as she whizzes by on her way home from Wimbledon. The nearest District Line station, amazingly named Wimbledon Park, is only a few minutes away from the main entrance to the grounds. There is also pay-and-display parking at a reasonable cost, a good option for those that can share a ride.
In August the park is packed with young children, many of them them splashing exuberantly in the paddling pools and fountains whilst their assorted minders try to keep some semblance of control. The huge lake (it must be one of the biggest in London) offers all sorts of activities for older kids and is sprinkled charmingly with sailing boats, swans and other craft. In short, there’s lots of colour on offer against a background of green country and urban scenery. Perfect for a day’s painting in the open.
Most of us found a position near the lake where noise was muted and some blissful peace could be found. Despite the park’s large area, much of it is fairly featureless grassland, providing good space for sports activity. So a waterscape seemed a pretty obvious choice for an interesting composition. It was a wonderful mid summer day, we had a good turn-out and all the artists tackled the challenges with loads of humour-driven determination. It was quite an exhausting but very satisfying experience.
Inevitably thronged, the cafe is big but efficient and we managed to get ourselves together for the planning gathering in the morning, for our lunch break and for the final tea and show-off. Not everybody lasted the course. Other summer activities beckoned and the sun was wonderful but testing for a whole day at the easel!