Women Wearing their Flowers by Tessa Newcomb

Women Wearing their Flowers by Tessa Newcomb

Thanks for all the ‘garden makeover’ love ♡    I have just finished reading this utterly charming book.

His Onions by Tessa Newcomb

His Onions by Tessa Newcomb

The Adorable Plot by Tessa Newcomb is a collection of paintings and writings about garden allotments.

Mixed Allotments  by Tessa Newcomb

Mixed Allotments by Tessa Newcomb

She would visit local allotments in Suffolk to sketch and observe and then return to her studio and paint – usually oil on board or wood. I love the very English colour palette that she captures where the colours that would stand out in reality, like a blue plastic water-butt or an orange piece of netting, still have muted tones to them amongst the greens and greys of the English sky and natures foliage.

Deliberately Vague  by Tessa Newcomb

Deliberately Vague by Tessa Newcomb

She would often jot down snatches of over heard conversations or thoughts she had as she was sketching and then on returning home, fill a drawer with these torn slips of paper and this is how much of the text of the book comes about. It’s a collection of recollections and these are grouped into sub-headings such as People, Watering and Planting and Growing and so it isn’t disjointed but a gentle conversation between the writer and reader. It’s very relaxing to read.

Partners on the Allotment  by Tessa Newcomb

Partners on the Allotment by Tessa Newcomb

And I just adore the paintings because they perfectly capture the quiet toil of human life at the allotments,

The Plot Unravelling  by Tessa Newcomb

The Plot Unravelling by Tessa Newcomb

the purpose of growing flowers and veg for abundant cropping rather than aesthetic views

Picking Beans  by Tessa Newcomb

Picking Beans by Tessa Newcomb

and the social, often humorous nature of people working alongside each other closely (and sometimes competitively)

Then we can have tea and a bit of that cake by Tessa Newcomb

Then we can have tea and a bit of that cake by Tessa Newcomb

A lovely book of beautiful, wistful paintings which I think ultimately will always remind me of childhood days spent on my dads allotment. Charming and sentimental in all the right ways.

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