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Enough sunshine to paint outside still – but even little Nell was feeling the cold. Looks like the Lauderdale House renovation will be finished in time for the exhibition in November.

lauderdale-with-steps

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Met the Glasgow Boys, introduced to the Scottish Colourists, boated on Loch Lomond and enjoyed haggis for breakfast. What treats. Lots of sketches and photos to work from….

Sketch

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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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The bodies of the figures, men and children, and of the shire horses are taken from real life but the horses heads are similar to the “horse head” of an oil well pump. The installation, ‘the Rising Tide’ by Jason deClaires Taylor – is a comment on the impact of fossil fuels on our planet. The installation could be seen emerging from the Thames on the opposite side of the bank from the Houses of Parliament as the water level dropped.

InstallationAs the horses emerged from the river, so did the flotsam – the traffic cones, plastic bottles and other debris, which was a fitting comment on the theme of the sculpture.

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A well trodden path – but for good reason. Beautiful weather and wonderful light. Hard to know where to start to paint, but the rowing boats look very welcoming, if only there were time to spare to hire one.

Boathouse-Dedham

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Exhibition over now so must get back to painting. So what better than a scene I know really well. Where the tourist amphibious vehicles enter the water, near Vauxhall Bridge, and directly opposite the Tate Britain, the casual beachcomber can take in some iconic London sights.

Thames-near-Reach

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The pictures are all in place, the Private View has passed off very successfully and the paintings are selling well. It’s very satisfying to see red dots appearing!HWGdisplay

Please see http://www.highgatewatercolour.org.uk/ for more info

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