Bloomfield: Out and About at Temple Newsam

With all the glorious weather I enjoyed a couple of peaceful afternoons in the grounds of Temple Newsam, Leeds, this week. The Rhododendrons were in full bloom creating a riot of colour; even the trusty Hipstamatic failed to capture their magnificence, so I may return this week with my sketchbook and some bright felt tips. They formed a joyful backdrop to the peace of the lake and my most beloved weeping willows. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lake iPad finger painting My first proper attempt at using an iPad as a sketchbook using the Brushes app a la Hockney. Great tool, but pretty useless in bright sunlight (I touched up in front of Eurovision last night).[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_196" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Rhodedendrons Rhodedendrons cheer the soul![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_197" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Weeping Willow - Temple Newsam I love weeping willows. I'm currently working on a new Ex Libris design incorporating this king of trees.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_198" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Sketchbook_260512 From my (old fashioned) sketchbook.[/caption]