In three days time I'll be back in this field, layered up with fleecy clothes, sketchbook in hand and feeling at one with the world.
The Novar estate near Evanton has been a family holiday destination for a few years now and it happens to have some fantastic old trees. This is a really special row of veteran beeches on a bank in the deer park, which I drawn many times. I've no idea how old they are but they have a magnetic quality that keeps me going back, however cold it is.
I only get one visit a year, so I'm busy packing my drawing and camera kit so I can make the most of the precious time. Early spring is my favourite time for field drawing as the trees are stll leafless but there's a feeling of potential and newness in the air.Tags:
I was so pleased with myself when I worked out how to do this!
I have a map of the old fashioned paper variety on my studio wall but I wanted to find a way to make digital version to share so, thanks to Google Maps and various generous online forum contributors, here it is for you to browse.
The new year got off to a great start with the news that 'Crichton rippled beech' was accepted at the Harley Gallery's second open exhibition.
Situated on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, the gallery is a beautiful space and I was disappointed that the snow prevented me from attending the opening last weekend. However, the show is on till 17th March so there's plenty of time to visit yet.
My family are from nearby Worksop and I used to visit Welbeck as a child, so the place has fond memories for me. I also discovered that my Great Auntie worked there during World War II making munitions!