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Calke Abbey Scarecrows

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Title: Calke Abbey Scarecrows

In the National Trust property of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire there is a magnificent vegetable garden with four main plots, each with it’s own scarecrow.  I imagined each scarecrow in a different season to show aspects of the garden through the year, they all look happy to be in their respective time slots.

Ink and watercolour.

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.