A fine day. There were many visitors around both inside and outside the castle boundary wall.
St Mary Church Portchester was built in the 1120’s within the grounds of Portchester Castle. The caretaker of St Mary Church was such a nice man. He saw me sketching and offered to move his car from the front of the church without being asked. He told me the gate in front of the church is called lych gate and was used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival. A bit of education.
Only three of us today. Apologise, if I have missed anyone. The weather was not great but nonetheless we have a productive morning before the rain getting heavy.
The impressive mottle and shell keep was founded in 1138 by Bishop Henry of Blois. We had a brighter day this year than the last one. Photos by Tony Karavis.
Many thanks to the owner of the house for permission to access their gardens. Members had a very productive day painting in the garden. The day started with heavy clouds but blue sky after lunch. Unfortunately, I’ve missed some members for the photos as I couldn’t possibly find them in the various gardens.
Another good day painting at the Four Seasons Hotel. The weather was not too hot and not too cold. It was just right.
Lodge Farm 22-6-2017
Many thanks again to the kind hospitality of the owner of the farm and good weather we have a lovely day painting and sketching. A very good start.
The following is the planned programme for outdoor painting days. Please check the News tab for any changes or cancellations nearer the time.
June 22nd Thursday – Lodge Farm, North Warnborough
July 4th Tuesday – Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield
July 12th Wednesday – Old Rectory and Gardens, Winchfield
July 27th Thursday – Farnham Park and Castle, Farnham
August 8th Tuesday – Selborne Village and Common
August 16th Wednesday – Portchester Castle
August 24th Thursday – Tylney Hall Hotel, Hook
August 29th Tuesday – Crondall Church, Farnham
September 6th Wednesday – Basingstoke Canal, Mytchett
September 14th Thursday – Elvetham Hotel, Hartley Wintney
Detailed document can be downloaded here.