Blue Wheelbarrows – Neil McDougall Community Garden

20150903 Neil McDougall Community Farm Blue WheelbarrowsGorgeous winters day down at Neil McDougall park in Como with the Perth Plein Air Painters, blue sky and warm in the sunshine. This park has lots of grassed areas, bbq, toilets playground and lovely trees around a small lake. At one side a small community garden has been created by locals on the site of an old dairy farm (until 1946). Seedlings and plants in raised beds are nurtured by local families, sponsored by local businesses and managed by a dedicated committee of local people, it is available to everyone to grow.

These rusting cerulean blue wheelbarrows are parked in the middle of the raised beds with plants growing inside (tomatoes I recognised), a pair of floral gardening gloves were waiting on the handles of the nearest barrow. I used a new waterbrush for much of this painting, a Kuretake Zig “broad” brush which is actually more like a flat brush….very useful for large sweeping areas.

Next door to the veggie garden is Hazel McDougall House, a bungalow built in the 1930’s and restored in 1979…it’s the HQ of South Perth Society of Art and Craft.

Homemade diary of Westart heavy weight cartridge paper (225gsm), pencil layout (erased), Lamy Safari EF nib with De Atramentis Archive ink black, various watercolours with Pentel waterbrush broad and fine,  Zig Kuretake waterbrush broad (flat), White gouache.


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