The Queen Elizabeth Country Park [& other stories]

treesyellowfilter72web“Beech Trees : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserveddoubleredtree72web“fallen tree : Queen Elizabeth Country Park ” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedhawthorn72web“hawthorn : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedqueenelizabethcp72web“fallen leaves : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedbeechqecp72web“beech hill : Queen Elizabeth Counrty Park”beechtops72web“tree tops” Queen Elizabeth Country Park © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedqecptrees72web“cycle path : Queen Elizabeth Counrty Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedroot72“roots : Queen Elizabeth Counrty Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedqueenhill72web“conifers : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedqueenelizdogwalkers72web“walking the dog: Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedqueenshillwarmfilter72“hill path : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedtreerootqecp72web“beech roots : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedwalkers72“walkers : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedivytreeqecp72web“ivy covered tree : Queen Elizabeth Counrty Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedbrownleafhill72web“brown leaf hill : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reservedcranemoss72web“moss : Queen Elizabeth Country Park” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved

The inspiration for today’s flight of fancy comes from one of Hampshire’s best kept secrets, namely the counties biggest Country Park with 2,000 acres of open access woodland and downland and 20 miles of trail for walking, cycling and horse riding. It’s set within the South Downs National Park, including the Butser Hill National Nature Reserve.

I originally went to the park to record some potential sites for “viewPOINT” : the location drawing and painting course that I run through http://www.qoecreative.com. We had the first one on Monday 18.3.13 in the Arboretum and Walled Garden at Stansted Park, near Rowlands Castle, Hampshire UK.  Sadly the heat wave that I was predicting for the last month didn’t materialise and it was about 3 or 4 degees C with intermittent showers ! However, despite the rain, which became part of the creative process, we had a great time – so much so that everyone wants to came back for more. The weather can certainly be unpredictable at this time of the year and last year at this time it was nearer 20 degrees C and people were having barbeques on the beach – today there have been weather warnings over most of the UK with blizzards and 16 inches of snow ! Fortunately, here on the south coast we have escaped the worst and as yet there’s no snow at all. By the time we do the viewPOINT2 the hopefully the weather will have picked up – says he optimistically – but you never know !

The concept of [viewPOINT] is to experiment with LOCATION drawing and painting and aim to achieve a contemporary spin on a OUTSIDE and or INSIDE landscapes.

For the curious, my last image is a combination of imagery from the last post and a moss covered tree from the park – the architecture is the new extension to the Univerversity of Portsmouth, faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries – formerly known as the school of Art Design and Media.

I’ll add another post on the QE Country Park when I’ve gone back for a second look but we are definitely going to book the visitor centre’s theatre and or education hut. Needless to say there’s a really good cafe which is very popular with dog walkers, ramblers and mountain bikers and soon to be very popular with artists too !

I’ll add another post listing some more of the courses that I’ll be running over the summer months. Bye 4 Now !

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painter, print-maker and illustrator

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