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The Old Bull and Bush public house in Hampstead has just been beautifully refurbished and it’s a great delight that seven of the Hampstead paintings* were chosen by the designer to hang on the walls of the restaurant – which opened during the second week of April. There’s a spring in a step. Ladies and others will lunch there…..

*Most of the paintings appear on this blog. They include the views from Kenwood over to the lake and of the bridge, a view of Whitestone Pond and over to Athlone House. These are much loved views and there are other versions in stock…..

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The daffodils are out and so are some hardy bluebells. But it’s also great to be inside and transported to some far away art treasures through outstanding presentations by leading experts. Soon it will be Venice (with musical accompaniment) then the following month we will be off to Japan!

Kenwood-from-rivulet

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No more basements, fewer HGVs and  a rethink on the dams on Hampstead Heath. But now that Spring looks probable and Summer possible, it will be great to take a proper stroll again…

Heath-with-grasses

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There are excellent views over the city from Hampstead Heath but it’s perhaps surprising that you can still catch a glimpse of the City of London from some narrow side streets in the village  itself. Here’s one from a turning near Christ Church to the north of the town.

Hampsted-city

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Whitestone Pond in Hampstead has recently been given a makeover. It started life as a watering hole for horses – and being near the much missed Jack Straws Castle it was a peoples’ pleaser, too. It sits proudly at one of the highest parts of North London. Well the exhibition is now over so there’s more time to get out and about locally now…

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…..now there’s a chance to paint outside – or at least in a greenhouse.  Latest inspirations came from several sources: Darwin’s House in Downe, Kent, Myddleton House in Enfield, and the Heath is looking great, too.

Darwin's Greenhouse

Darwin's Pots

Myddleton-Greenhouse

Heath-towards-Kenwood

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A stroll across towards Hampstead Heath from Kenwood reveals – for locals – a familiar view. The huge house peeking through the woods is Athlone House. Over 150 years old it’s been a private house, an RAF college and was used by the NHS, but now very sadly it’s under threat of demolition. So I thought I’d paint it, as many have done before.

Athlone-House2

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