Situated adjacent to Streatham Common South, this is the inevitable follow-up classic-style version of the Norwood Grove Rookery.
An Acrylic Watercolour Painting made from an extended copy of the Original Drawing, scumbled gently in the background and enhanced with glazed overwashes and inked outlines in the fore and mid ground.
Not only was the Rookery a wonderful and most colourful place to visit, especially in warm summer sunlight, but it was full of amazing little corners and quirky twists and turns. There were flower borders surrounded by crazy paved pathways, which again wound between a plethora of varicoloured trellised Rose beds. Seating was thoughtfully arranged at convenient points, affording good views of the immediate surroundings.
One minute you’d look through a gateway into an allotments, you’d see a watering can, a shed – next you’d turn a corner between screening hedgerows and be confronted with a little pond with goldfish and trickling streams running to and from it, all surrounded by wooden and wrought-iron benches. Everything about the Rookery was a delight, magical, a place to hide from the outside world.
Yet if you went upslope a little, near the huge spread of a distinctive cedar tree, there it was, the rest of Norwood Grove and the environs of Croydon confronting you in the most unobtrusive and welcoming manner. Places like this are such a real tonic to the senses.
Dave Draper, March 2014