Well, the forecast wasn’t good, but we merry Sketchcrawlers gathered with our sketchbooks (and waterproofs) in the General Cemetery at 10am. I had a good mooch about the place, reading inscriptions and panicking about trying to draw vegetation, before I decided to just choose the best place to sit. I sat on the steps to the Old Chapel and draw the Monument to George Bennet, which is Grade II listed, and seriously decayed. It looks like his whole portrait has been chipped off deliberately.
I got a photo in case you didn’t believe me. Look, poor fella:
|George Bennet Monument|
|George Bennet’s story from the Cemetery Trust’s website|
|John Burch, Gentleman|
We managed about an hour or so before the weather started to turn, so we quickly departed and reconvened inside the pavillions at the Botanical Gardens. We were just in time, because it started to absolutely tip it down for the remainder of the day. Here’s a sketch I did of the agapanthus in the “South Africa” pavillion, and the view through the door into “South & Central America”:
I then tried to draw the cacti in the South & Central America beds, but there was too much information! I may have made some of this up, but I think it looks pretty! Those tall things on the left were actually really fluffy. Well, they looked fluffy but they were probably very stabby:
And still it continued to rain and everybody got very cold, so most people went home. Only an intrepid few braved the trek up to the pub for the de-brief and sketchbook swap but a good day was had by all!
As usual, click on the images to see larger and keep an eye on Lynne’s Picture Gallery to see work from the day from the other sketchcrawlers!