Archive for the ‘Heath’ Category

A few minutes walk from the overground station at Hampstead, this is one of thirty ponds on the heath. Overlooked by a row of houses this is one of the larger ponds and is a nature reserve.

Hampstead-Pond

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There’s a view of the city skyline from Hampstead Heath – right next to Kenwood that’s almost magnetic! And it’s changing all the time…..

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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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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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I liked this view of the Dorset coast for its contours and the chalky whiteness of the cliffs. I also wanted to work with a limited palette rather than capture the sunshine of the summer, now disappeared.

Coastal-bay

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The pond at Kenwood looks wonderful from the house, but close up the little bridge is a charming feature. The water lilies are flowering and the meadow beside it includes striking foxgloves. There’s something magical about it at this time of year.

Kenwood-pond-bridge

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Before the concerts change the serenity, pond side at  Kenwood House offers a tranquil spot and a great place to sketch. Some in the group stayed near the House – which is still shrouded in mystery while major renovation work takes place. Others of us wandered into the surrounding grounds. It’s very familiar territory but there’s so much to see and it always seems fresh:

Kenwood-pondside

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The weather was great – Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far. On Saturday we registered and sketched on Hampstead Heath, then delivered paintings for display on Sunday.

The-Heath

This picture won a prize from Hampstead School of Art, who had set up the scheme. Several paintings, which ‘captured the spirit of the heath’ were chosen and I was really delighted that mine was chosen as one of them. Here another painting:

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