It has been a busy week looking for Cherry Blossom. After a miserable winter, warmth was forecast so at last time for painting outdoors. Started with the Suspension Bridge in oil on Monday. Trees are still leafing up so no blossom here. Found a sheltered spot so braved the cold for 4hrs.
On Tuesday I found this Cherry tree on Sea Mills Lane. Used oil pastel for the white blossom and watercolour and inktense blocks, all on 12 x 16" Arches cold pressed paper. A heatwave had been predicted but still only 12.C so standing in the street again dressed in coat, hat and gloves .
Wednesday was hot at last but I was painting indoors! Camellias again in watercolour in my JPP sketchbook (hot press paper 5 3/4" x 8 1/2")
Back on Thursday with my oils for the same view. Fortunately with shelter from a parasol as it was 24.c ! You could see the leaves growing by the hour.
On the way on Wednesay I had spotted this Cherry on Ambra Vale East so after the camelias I went on outdoors to bake in the sun for 2hrs to do this watercolour
Holt Farm Garden opened this week for the season. I knew there would be cherrys so Friday was a visit there to paint this oil. Still warm and sunny but next week back to 12.c.
Aberdeen Beach. Carolyn Lamb. 9th April 2018. When visiting Scotland I always try to get down to the beach in Aberdeen. Today it was warm enough to sketch on the shore and include the moored oil supply boats and even an oil rig . To get it all in I'm sketching across a double page.
The Tree of Knowledge. Carolyn Lamb . March 2018. Inktense pencil.
Bit of a bombshell at the end-of-term Life class on Thursday when Will Stevens announced he was giving up running his Bristol Grammar School evening classes after about 20 years. So sad to lose this great and popular drawing opportunity but all the best to Will and Imogen. He will still be taking his teaching classes. Coincidently the week before we had double poses which were just right for my 'Adam and Eve' project. The 15 minute pose of standing figures for The Tree of Knowledge. Should they, or shouldn't they take the apple? The marvelous knarled tree was sketched at the zoo - a Midland Hawthorn . The lions had gone indoors to shelter from cold and rain so I need another visit to add them to the seated figures for The Garden of Eden.
I am waiting for a dry day to go back to the zoo to sketch in the background for this life drawing.