Daisy Sims Hilditch
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Thursday 31 May 2018
In April I spent a couple of weeks in the magical city of Florence where I started my career as a painter. I painted a head study alongside a friend of mine whilst there as well as painting some of the stunning Italian landscape in and around the city. I enjoyed painting in the Boboli Gardens especially and was really taken by the light that flooded on to the Viottoloni Avenue one afternoon as I was walking around deciding where to pitch my easel. The sun was soon overridden by some large clouds and it began to rain. The rain came and went and I was thankfully able to finish my painting! While I was in Florence I set up my easel above the city in Pian Dei Giullari where I used to go when I was studying there to escape the hot and crowded city for some fresh countryside air. Although a steep climb up the hill, the views are extraordinary; rolling tuscan hills and olive groves seem to go on for miles! I painted up there on a couple of occassions.
Thursday 31 May 2018

I was recently commissioned to paint the Lemon Tree Trust Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. I was very excited when I saw the garden; a large lemon tree planted in the middle, surrounded by flowers and olive trees. The trust supports gardening initiatives in refugee communities as a way of restoring dignity, purpose and cultural identity. After walking around the garden and looking at various angles and viewpoints I found my favourite and got to work. It was a wonderful day and I met some fantastic people working for a wonderful cause.

Tuesday 05 December 2017

One day, I was chatting to a very friendly taxi driver about beautiful places just a short train journey away from London. He suggested Margate and so I went the following day.