Good morning everyone. At this week’s meeting for our art society, we are having a Studio evening. By that we mean an opportunity to sit and paint together and have a bit of a chat. And the theme for the night is ‘Castles, Palaces and Stately Homes’, in any painting media and style. Of course, this is only a suggestion for inspiration and members often bring their own work to continue instead. But we find that it’s sometimes helpful to concentrate the mind that way.
This is a quick watercolour sketch I painted in September and my intention was to show the huge, overwhelming feeling of standing at the base of the castle keep.
The Fairy Tale Castle
Actually, I really enjoyed painting this acrylic a while back, taking inspiration from one of my favourite artists – John Piper. But I gave it my own spin and emphasised the out of this world magical quality of it (I hope!)
Castles, Palaces and Stately Homes
As you may know, I spent a week this August in Derbyshire and saw a few beautiful old buildings. Including this imposing stately home, Calke Abbey which was rather forbidding in real life, built in greyish stone. Now, that could be a real challenge! However, I’ll show you how I get on later.
If you like looking at English stately homes see this post here.
4 Replies to “Castles, Palaces and Stately Homes”
Esp love your Fairy Take Castle, Margaret – real power & beauty! That last one, the stately home, really well done, but a home, lol! I’d forget where my bedroom was ☺️
Thanks, Felipe. I enjoyed painting the fairy tale one. To be honest, Calke Abbey didn’t look very homely, it was more gloomy and forbidding!
Lol! You are magician painter! I know I “want’ to be able to feel/do that many a time ❤️
Thank you, Felipe. I really appreciate the support.