Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Paintings at Pashley Manor

This year I have some paintings on show at Pashley Manor Gardens. (Click on the link for more information. Ou si vous êtes francais cliquer ici) The Garden room and shop show floral or botanical works by different artists as well as their cards and prints. There is also sculpture.

( to fast forward to July's post click here)

Pashley Manor is a Tudor timbered house set in beautiful gardens with views over the landscape of the Weald in West Sussex. It is near to the A 21 and the border with Kent. The gardens are open to the public from April to September and there are several special events during the season.

The tulip festival is outstanding. The gardens are planted with 22,000 tulip bulbs made up of 100 varieties and around 2,000 cut flowers on display.

My visits to the tulip festival inspired me to paint tulips on silk. I don't think I had seen such quailty and variety before, the bulbs come from Bloms who have won 60 RHS Chelsea gold medals. I also started to grow more tulips in my garden for painting.

The photos above show some glimpses of the garden on the sunny March day when I took my paintings to Pashley. The garden was waking from winter and in the woods there was the promise of bluebells. The rear of the house is a later Georgian addition.


Dina Fragola said...

Wow, a wonderful place to show your beautiful work!

Aldona said...

Amazing works! Love your paintings!

Jill said...

Wow, that place looks amazing. And your work is amazing too.!

SuppliesHandcrafted said...

Your art is gorgeous! Congrats on the showing! What a lovely venue for your art!


Imaginuity said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful "frame" for your gorgeous work!

Ceci said...

wow, what a fantastic venue for your artwork. Congrats

Judy Nolan said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you! I love your tulip paintings, too...the colors make me happy.

Julie G. said...

Tessa, what a great opportunity. The Gardens are gorgeous, I can't believe the manor dates back to the 1500's! WOW. Your work is beautiful, I especially love your Irises, I don't think I ever saw that one before! Well done!

Nancy van den Boom said...

Tessa, this is a wonderful place to exhibit your beautiful works. You are so talented. The colours are very beautiful and I enjoyed watching this post a lot. Thank you for sharing.

TiaraHelen said...

Hi Tessa
I have blogged about these gorgeous paintings - I love them!

Helen x