JOHN GEEKIE ART - Plein air artist oil and watercolour, pen and ink, commissions, including portraits welcome.
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After missing being able to paint, today we visited Castle Howard and painted two pictures!
We headed for the walled garden and specifically, to see the delphiniums.
After visiting previously and being disappointed to
see that they were still not in flower, today was a revelation. Two
borders of tall delphiniums greeted us as we opened the gate and passed
into the magical inner sanctum of the walled garden. A mixture of blues,
pale to dark mauve with white and pink also here and there. The sight
of this mass of different delphiniums is awe inspiring. Actually
difficult to paint as a line, viewed from one end, as the vista lacked a
focal point. So, looking around we spotted these two views.
Looking down pathways through clipped arches with delphiniums at either
side we had a chance to make a pair of more interesting pictures. After
painting the first picture we decamped for some lunch before returning
to complete the second one. On the way through the garden the second time, we looked up
to see a massive buzzard soaring speculatively in lazy circles. Swifts
and swallows were everywhere highlighting the fact we are all enjoying
summertime here, in the UK. We enjoyed talking to many fellow visitors
some from the Far East and a couple from New Zealand, ( who had not seen pink
delphiniums, as they do not grow in New Zealand ). The weather was
cloudy and threatened precipitation, however we were all lucky and it
turned out to be a lovely sunny day. We bought a large potted plant, an anthemis ( E.C. Buxton ), for
the garden before leaving. A wonderful day.
( If you could visit over the next two weeks I think the delphiniums will still be at their best ).