The 24th of September, it was a lovely, sunny day to spend outside. So I took some of my supplies, planning to paint en plain air. Trying to limit myself I only took a few of my supplies and went to a wonderful place called Buitenplaats Vaeshartelt
It’s a special place to me, except for the beautiful castle and it’s history, there’s this big park with gigantic, old trees, walking paths, a big pond, an orchard, a butterfly garden, a bee house, and wild flowers blooming everywhere. In short, a perfect location to spend some time, sitting on the grass or terrace. You can also buy a take away lunch or a drink and enjoy this on one of the many wooden benches placed in the park.
But what I came for was painting and that’s what I did, with the limited supplies as my Winsor & Newton watercolor box, art journal, only one brush, and my Rotring art-pen.
I found a nice place in the middle of the butterfly garden. An open grass field in the shape of a horseshoe, which is surrounded by flowers during Summer. There were almost no blooms left but I like the seedpods as well, sometimes even more.
I made pictures of the different seedpods to be able to study them home later.
It’s interesting to see the different shapes and structures. So very different from the flowers.
Look at the details! Aren’t these wonderful?
I did some quick studies from the different shapes of the flowers and the seedpods. The sheep were watching me 🙂
Then I went to the front of the castle and I made a sketch of the building which you can see at the top of this post.
This sign says ‘a space to sit down and tell a story’. I love that, especially in this beautiful place. I wonder what stories have been told here in the past, and will be told in the future 🙂