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Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten)

Rose Border Painting:‘The reddest red rose’

Red roses are always eye-catching in any garden painting, especially when planted in a border. This old English variety just glowed in the sunshine.

A lovely Plein‑air painting made in the walled garden at Burton Agnes Hall – a garden which is overwhelming, speaking as an artist, as there's much to paint in there.

I avoided the walled garden in the beginning, sticking to painting what I thought might be the simpler formal lawns and yews outside it instead.

The walled vegetable and herbaceous plots at Burton Agnes Hall, not far from the seaside town of Bridlington, is well maintained and a delight for most of the year. With vegetables, fruit and flowers in abundance, as well as many gardens within the garden.

original plein‑air painting

  • Artwork Size: 30.5 x 25.4 cm (12 x 10 ins)
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel

Having made several trips to paint in the location, it would have been very wrong to ignore the walled garden entirely given it's such a feature. So I took a deep breath one day, and ventured inside intent on painting.

I need not have worried about being able to choose what to paint.

This red rose positively shone. It was the reddest of red roses I'd seen, and it stopped me in my tracks. With a profusion of Hollyhocks and the gatehouse beyond, it was a perfect composition.

A complex subject though, it presented quite a challenge. Taking my time paid off with this oil painting though, that's for sale. I now march into the walled garden seeking new subjects without fear!