reddest red

Best in the garden:
The reddest red rose

The walled garden at Burton Agnes Hall is overwhelming, speaking as an artist. There is so much richness to paint in there, that I avoided it in the beginning, sticking instead to what I thought might be the simpler formal garden.

  • Image size: 30.5cm x 25.4cm (12" x 10")
  • Medium: oil
  • Ground: canvas panel

Of course it would'ave been wrong to ignore the walled garden entirely, so I took a deep breath one day and went inside. I need not have worried about being able to choose what to paint.

This red rose positively glowed. It was the reddest of red roses I'd seen and 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. I'm pleased with the result though and now march into the walled garden seeking new subjects without fear!