There is a lovely little site plan that inspires me quite a bit, but I didn't know what to do with it.
We have a number of allotment gardens in Halifax and a Victorian Public Garden, but no formal teaching/botanical gardens that I know of. Since I also love allotment gardens, old maps and flowers, I was thinking of a way to incorporate these all together.
In some round about way I came across Greg Becker's work. This is a sweet little book although after a few pages, a bit predictable. (here)
Last fall Steve and I went on a tour of trees in our part of Halifax. We learned all about planting trees and their diversity in urban settings. Along the way, we passed this hidden gem of an allotment garden and I fell in love. I put my name in for a plot, but the waiting list is long.
This bench is still in the shade at 9:00 a.m. when I get there.
Eventually, the dim light in my brain went off and I figured I could visit the allotment garden as an artist. On Thursday mornings I now trot off to the garden, a 20 minute walk away and spend enough time there to do two sketches. One is to be a bit complicated and the other is to be more spontaneous. I'm doing them in pencil, then overdrawing with a .01 pen and a .5 pen. When I get home, the idea is to add watercolour or pencil crayon. The paper in the sketch book isn't great for watercolour, so this week, I'll see how pencil crayon works. Taking pencil crayons to the allotment would be a lot easier than all the fuss watercolour needs minus the waiting for it all to dry.
|Single Rhubarb leaf and garlics|
|Rhubarb and Garlic|
|The location of the rhubarb and garlic I sketched.|
This is the corner of the garden I sketched.
The allotment gardener was thinking a sketcher might come by and set it up just so.