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River Test, from the Source to the Sea – Longstock


Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017

Longstock Garden Centre and Farm Shop, 10.00 for coffee rendezvous

£25/day

The Bunny is a single track road that joins the Peat Spade pub, in Longstock with the Andover to Stockbridge road.  This makes it sound a bit dull.

At one end the delightful pub will be a possible lunch spot.  From here the road meanders across  narrow bridges, through head-high bull rushes, by willows and streams.  The eel traps and thatched fishing huts on one side of the road must be one of the most photographed settings in Hampshire – I had to queue for my moment to take the picture above.

fullsizeoutput_389The views from this track are the challenge for May.

Anyone is welcome to join us for the day.  It doesn’t matter if this is your first step on the ‘journey’.  Please contact me if you want to come along and I will tell you what it involves. Kate Measham

 

A Quick Visit to Tate Britain


I went to see the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at the Tate today.

Erasmus Variations 1958, R. B. Kitaj
Erasmus Variations 1958, R. B. Kitaj

I arrived early and had 45 minutes to kill. One of the things I love about the Tate is the sense of familiarity and yet they move the pictures around so you see them afresh.

Azalea Garden, May 1956 Patrick Heron

I spent most of my time in the Modern British galleries looking at Victor Passmore, Evelyn Dunbar, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud.

A new challenge I have set myself is to try to work out what palette each artist has used.

Kitaj and Patrick Heron were particularly pleasing though my photos don’t seem to have captured the colours.

Azalea Garden, May 1956 - detail Patrick Heron
Azalea Garden, May 1956 – detail
Patrick Heron

Great inspiration from Longstock Park Nursery…and delicious lemon polenta cake


The weather wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t rain and it was warm.  Everyone worked outside at Longstock sketching feverishly. Tea and Lemon Polenta Cake saved the day after hours of hard work and concentration.

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Sketch by Liz Shard

The wonderful work produced gives the impression of warmth, light, texture, colour. Incorporated in the work were tall grasses blowing in the wind against the prickly leaved artichokes, and a variety of other plants, architectural features and the everyday functions of a garden nursery.

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texture, calm, secret by Kate Parker

The herbaceous border, backed by brick and flint wall, deep with many varieties of perennials, grasses, alchemilla mollis, roses and goodness knows what, was a source of inspiration for many.

The variety of work was very impressive; mixed media at every turn.


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sketch by Minnie MacHale

Back at Wherwell Priory Studios hard work went into transforming notes and sketches.IMG_0840IMG_0843IMG_0855

Wimbledon


Yesterday I was one of the lucky people at Wimbledon, in the scorching sun, watching Lleyton Hewitt playing his final match. It was wonderful, exciting tennis in a match that lasted over 4 hours.

The thing that made yesterday even more special was that I was enjoying it with my friend Vivien, laughing at the Aussie Fanatics, admiring the strength of the tennis and watching the lady in front of us get very burnt. Looking around us there were mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends, and relations in every direction. Nobody seemed to be there alone.

If you want to come to an art class with a friend, or relation, I will give you a discount of 10% on both tickets.  This is available for any class until Christmas – just say at the time of booking.