Not far from our flat is the park called Stern Grove, and we went there a few months ago for some sketching. I’ve finally finished and scanned the left-handed sketches from that day.
At one end of this long narrow park is a dog paradise, full of people walking their pooches. In the middle is the band shell used in music festivals, and down the other end of the park it is quiet beneath the almost permanent shade of the trees, where we set up to draw.
One quirk of this place is that it is always a few degrees cooler there than just two streets away. Normally, ourÂ neighbourhood is already foggy and cool, and consequently Stern Grove would be a chilly place to draw, but the weather this year has been sunny most of the time, and on the day we were there it was quite pleasant.
The pretty building that I drew (above) can be hired as an event space (I looked into using it once myself). I was also taken with aÂ little pond nearby, and the subdued lighting all around with the sky reflections on the water being the primary light source. With the watercolours, I was enjoying trying out a limited palette of blue and brown with just a smidge of green here and there.