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Artist: Tom Burley

Calke Abbey Bothy

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Title: Calke Abbey Bothy

The kitchen gardens at Calke Abbey, a National Trust site in Derbyshire, are a constant source of inspiration.  In it’s heyday there would have been more than a dozen gardeners working all year round to keep the house, family and guests supplied with fresh produce.  The bothy is actually more than one building where gardening tools, seeds and other implements were stored but I have collected together multiple images to give an impression of the contents.  The picture was completed with waterproof ink and watercolour on paper.  This long format was selected to be printed around a bone china mug but it also works well to show the variety of gardening equipment on display.  Calke Abbey is known as the “Un-stately, stately home” where much is left in a state of decay as many grand old homes became in the 20th century.  Although the buildings are well worn a team of volunteers continue to work the garden to produce flowers, fruit and vegetables all year round.

Artist Bio:
Working quickly with a fountain pen, waterproof ink and watercolour, Tom captures views of cafes, city streets and rural views in an urban sketch style.  Some of these are worked into larger pictures back in the studio using pen and wash or oil.  Sometimes an image demands to be painted and battles a path via sketches and photographs to be released from just an idea to become a finished piece of work.

Tom has always been fascinated by our impact on the landscape and started sketching the urban environment of cafes, railway stations and airports while travelling for work.  Now Tom can often be found sketching and painting in and around Derby and enjoys chatting to onlookers about art techniques, the history of local buildings or where to find the best coffee and cake.