Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten) 
hollyhock riot

Outdoor painting:
A Hollyhock riot in the pink garden!

Outdoor painting is quite addictive, despite the challenges. There's an unpredicatability about al fresco art. So despite the weather forcast suggesting a bright day with much sunshine, it's not guaranteed, as on this occasion. So I was a bit concerned about ending up with a rather dull fresh air (plein air) painting. Though the Summer was drawing to a close, I was not yet ready to loose the sunshine from my pictures.

  • Image size: 25.4cm x 25.4cm (10" x 10")
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel

Pacing about in search of a subject to paint, it was in the pink garden where I walked into what I could only describe as a riot of Hollyhocks flowering like, well, the summer was ending. Hollyhocks are biannual plants, meaning you have to wait a year before they flower the next year. Plant them en mass though and you're in for a riot of flower worth the wait. This is why, despite rapidly heading into Autumn, my search for a subject to paint didn't take long the day I found this view. At the bottom end of the walled garden at Burton Agnes Hall is an area with many small colour specific gardens.

Despite not being as bright a day as I'd been fortunate to enjoy during the previous weeks, the pinks here fizzed in the open air so much it didn't matter. This is the power of flowers.

This little original outdoor plein air painting in oil, is a delight with the different greens and pinks creating an almost abstract foreground, rich in texture and shape. It immediately evokes the place and captures exactly a classically English Garden.

This plein air oil painting, made in the open air, is available to buy along with other paintings of the gardens surrounding the hall located in the village of Burton Agnes near Bridlington on the East coast of Yorkshire, UK.

What is Plein Air Painting