Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Renishaw Hall

While on holiday last week we visited Renishaw Hall, nr Sheffield.  I had wanted to go for quite some time and this holiday seemed the ideal occasion as we were staying not too far away.

Renishaw Hall is owned by the Sitwell family, and is a wonderful place.  the house is only open to visitors on Friday afternoon's, by appointment, for a guided tour (and August Saturday and Sundays).  It is well worth a visit as it has a large collection of John Piper artwork.  I have admired his work for years, and the chance to see it close up was wonderful.

I took loads of photographs of the outside of the house, and the lovely Italianate gardens, and have started working on sketches for hopefully, at least one piece of work.  I started by writing down all the points which seemed important in the photographs of the house and gardens, and then all the points I loved about Piper's work.  These drawings are quick sketches, looking at style and technique.

Coach house entrance

Main doorway to the hall

I did a piece in textile, based on Burton Agnes Hall, in a similar style, several years ago.  As well as paintings, I may also try these in textile.

Today marks the half-way point in my year of blogging.  It is becoming a habit that I find hard not to keep now.  I haven't done very well with my material blog, but hopefully I will get into that more, now I am going to the Foston Studio day once a month and working on my textiles there.

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