Red roses are always eye-catching in any garden painting. 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 is much to paint 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 vegatable 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 vegatables, fruit and flowers in abundance, as well as many gardens within the garden.
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, it presented quite a challenge. Taking my time paid off with this oil painting though, that is for sale, and I now march into the walled garden seeking new subjects without fear!