I’m not a constant gardener. In fact my gardening career has been mainly aimed at reducing flowerbeds to grass and bushes to reduce the effort and time involved. And yet I love gardens and painting outdoors.
So I was gratified to find, a couple of weeks ago, three subjects in my garden just waiting to be painted for the Chandos Society of Artists Summer Exhibition currently showing at Hidestile Organic Farm at Goathurst near Bridgwater.
Let’s gloss over the fact that they were the only plants in flower : clematis, arum lilies and roses – they were all white so, even more satisfyingly, I could claim that they added up to a Theme of – er – White Flowers. All largely painted en plein air, too!
…and that was timely because I attended Chandos Society of Artists En Plein Air day at Steart Marshes, at the mouth of The tidal River Parrett. This is a vast, atmospheric area where the Hinkley Point pylons have just started their hissing, crackling march across Somerset.
No artwork worth displaying yet – just a couple of scribbles and lots of photos and ideas. Some of the sights are enough to tempt the very deeply hidden abstract artist in me. This is the mud dried out on the edge of the channel.
There are many intriguing patterns here:
I walked over to the village of Combwich which presented itself almost as a french village in Champagne:
But, to stop me being fanciful, this is what I found – actual Glorious Mud!
And to complete the range of artistic possibilities, how about a bit of Sci-Fi with this Somerset Dalek?
To be continued….