Holly Cottage, Loddington, Leicestershire, sketching in pencil and mixed media
Yesterday I went with 2 friends to sketch in the garden of one of their friends who recently bought this gorgeous cottage. I decided early on that whereas my friends concentrated on eliminating the scaffolding, (up for the re-thatching) and re-inventing what was underneath, that I'd draw it as-was. I just did sketches (having lugged all but the kitchen sink ' just in case!' - oils, watercolours. charcoal, coloured pencils, several sizes of sketchbook ........) In the end I only used pencil, watercolour and a very little coloured pencil.
I don't often 'do' architecture, simply because I love freer, more flowing landscape so it was a challenge.
The cottage was built in 1673 with stone and brick from the earlier village nearby, wiped out by the Black Death. The houses were then burnt down, I suppose to stop the spread of the disease? The date is carved into the beam above the fireplace.
It was last re-thatched in the 1960's
It's in a beautiful tiny village. Just across the road is an old manor house. When Lady Allerton, the last family owner, died, she left the house and her money to make the village a conservation area and the Trust owns a lot of the houses (there aren't many!) They had only had one child, who was disabled and her husband never let her bring the child home and refused to have any more.
It used to be 2 cottages, for workers on the estate. It's absolutely beautiful but incredibly dark inside.
Jean, the owner, made us scones and 3 kinds of cake to keep us going as we sketched! all as light as a feather and totally delicious. So a really nice day of unwinding, being spoilt and just trying something different.