Gardens play host to artistic talent
Artists who have been taking part in monthly workshops at Easton Walled Gardens are to host a free exhibition showcasing their sketches, paintings and experimental art work.
Launching on Wednesday, August 21, at the venue near Grantham, art on display has all been inspired by the gardens. Artist Val Littlewood, who organised the show and runs the monthly art workshops, says each session has a theme to help participants acquire a variety of skills: "I like to encourage my students to pursue what they enjoy most. One session may focus on sketching and the next compositions. Easton has got a bit of everything, I like to explore every bit of variety they have to offer."
Val will also be exhibiting at the show.
"My own inspiration comes from many aspects of the gardens: the architecture, flora and fauna and ever-changing seasonal vistas.
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"Drawing from life is not the easiest option but it gives the work so much more authority and integrity. The simplest drawing will be the product of hours of looking, choosing and considering."
Val and her students use a variety of techniques from charcoal, pencil, pen, ink, water colours, print making and botanical studies. Easton is home to a wide variety of flowers such as snowdrops, irises, tulips, roses and dahlias – some of which will be the subject of the art work on display.
One student, Linda Durry, admits drawing outside is a challenging but rewarding new experience. She says: "I have never really worked out of doors and sketching was new to me but I now feel more confident to try. It is the most marvellous feeling to be able to draw what you see in front of you.
"It has been wonderful to try a variety of techniques and I have included some of my photos, sketches, paintings, wood carvings and some glass work."
Lady Cholmeley, owner of Easton Walled Gardens, adds: "We really can't wait to host what will be a fantastic exhibition. It will be wonderful to see the different perspectives of the gardens through the different pieces on show."
Some of the artists will attend the exhibition throughout the event to talk about their work, the process they went through to choose their subject, the techniques they learnt from Val, and how they applied them to their finished piece.
August 21-26 (except Saturday) 11am-4pm. The art exhibition is free but admission into the gardens is £6.50 for adults and £2.50 for children. Easton Walled Gardens, Easton, Grantham.