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Treasure Houses Pt 1 Moggerhanger Park

Moggerhanger Park Moodboard

New year, new project and one which feels super exciting. I’m using 2021 to develop a range of Fine Art Prints of Treasure houses unique to Bedfordshire starting this month with Moggerhanger Park.

Being a bit of an enthusiast for beautiful architecture and billowy romantic gardens, my regular fix to discover a stately home or as I call them- treasure houses- has been sorely missed this year with the lockdown. I confess I really do miss those National Trust trips I would take with friends and family, mmm, looking at all the details of the house, the facade, the interiors, learning about the families who lived there and imagining lives lived then. All followed by a stroll in the grounds and a picnic involving cake under a shady tree. Bliss.

The success of Bridgerton spurs me on, we love a bit of historical escapism don’t we?

Moggerhanger Park is first up because its from that Regency era we all love, and it’s the most beautiful blush pink building. The parkland surrounding it was landscaped by Humphrey Repton and a particular feature is thousands of nodding Snowdrops and Bluebells in the woodland walk.

So I thought it might be of interest for you to follow along with my process of creating this artwork.

First, I decide the final dimensions of the piece because it’s hard to change orientation or scale if you are creating something large and detailed in Digital Painting without effecting the quality. These Treasure houses deserve to be A2 in size to fully appreciate all the details I am going to put in.

Next I did a days worth of research – finding out about: who built Moggerhanger Park, who lived in it, delving into the political and cultural climate contemporary to the design of the house, as these will all feed into the final design and using my research to create a mood board for reference as I work.

The final stage of my prep is to create some (very rough) thumbnail composition sketches to decide the approximate positioning of various features I want to include in the work.

Tommorrow I start the drawing and and detail. The house, the flowers and the drive. I cannot wait. Tune in for more next week.