It was one of those perfect sunny days when I arrived at Higham Hall on Sunday: bright blue sky, crisp light, and greens upon greens in every direction, often even overhead as lanes twist and turn beneath trees. Wandering through the beautiful gardens was filled with patterns of light and dark and colour, reflections in the pond that make me feel like I’m channelling Monet, and punctuated by a vibrant splash of brightness that will bring joy to any colourist’s heart.
I’ve been to Higham before as a student, in 2011 and 2012, doing life drawing and then pastel/acrylics landscapes with the inimitable Patrick Oates. If was from the latter workshop that my tree paintings started to develop. It’s a delight, and also nerve-racking, to be back again this time as a tutor, with 10 students. Happily, as I’m writing this on my second morning here, I can report that the first day’s teaching was a joy. Photos will follow.
2 Replies to “Anticipation in the Gardens at Higham Hall”
Higham Hall is a great place — majestic building and beautiful grounds. A little haven of creativity and tranquillity, where if you stay as a resident during a workshop you don’t have to worry about food/cooking either, you just turn up in the dining room at set times and delicious things are there. Really recommend it as a retreat/creative boost. Non-painting partners/friends can stay too.