One of the splendid specimen trees.
2016 is the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown's birth and to commemorate the occassion the Embroiderers' Guild will be joining a nationwide celebration.
The Grand Bridge, designed by Sir John Vanbrugh but dramatically altered by the lake created by Capability Brown.
Blenheim Palace is one of the finest examples of Brown's work. As part of a range of activies to clebrate the life and works of 'Capability' Brown the Palace is hosting an exhibition in partnership with the Embroiderers' Guild and a local art group.
I condsidered representing Blenheim's might oaks with acorns done in raised embroidery (stumpwork).
Members of Newbury, Oxford, Windsor and Maidonhead, and Wokingham branches together with the Young Embroiderers of Oxford Branch have contributed nearly 100 unique and specially created art works for this exhibition.
The gnarled trunks of the aged oaks offer lots of inspiration for textural embroidery.
After several trips to the Park and taking hundreds of photographs of the views and its beautiful trees, I decided to do a view of the island and its reflection in white work (more on that in future posts).
These two old oaks look as if they have fallen out but I suspect that they are venerable friends.
The exhibition is in The Gallery from 13 February to 2 May 2016.
A sneak preview of the exhibition.