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In the mist the bridge looks more mysterious, so a broad brush seemed appropriate.

bridge-at-kenwood

 

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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 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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From Den Haag to Amsterdam and back down to Ghent there’s so much to see. With only a short time in the city of canals the best views – according to your taste – are probably from the water. Quite a few local people enjoyed the hot weather in a very relaxed manner, sitting by the boats drifting by.

Amsterdam-sketch

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Bubbles and rain go together well! The young entertainers on the plazza next to Trafalgar Square in London, outside the National Gallery were a good draw for their younger audience. The shiny pavements made a good reflective and colourful backdrop……

Bubbles

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Arlington Square is a community open garden in a quiet conservation area of Islington, N1. It is surrounded by Victoria terraces and is very close to the Regent’s Canal which runs through this part of central London. The garden was originally an unkempt open space used during WW2 for trench shelters and barrage balloon moorings. The council laid it out in the 50s and planted (now mature) trees – including olives, palms , shrubs, lawns and flower beds.  Recently an active residents association has begun to hold regular gardening sessions and host some lively events, such as the summer fete that was held on the 7th September.  Events on the day included a tombola, book and other stalls, and a painting competition. I was delighted to be given a prize for my painting – a very welcome token for CASS Art! There are plans to put the images in a calendar and the painting can be seen at a local pub, the Hanbury Arms till the end of this month.

Arlington Square

Arlington Square

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…and my nineteenth post. Guests at the Highgate golf course this week, pity it was the only day so far when it rained. But the rain didn’t spoil the view, and there was extra media available. Actually it was an advantage in some ways since all I had with me were watercolour pencils for sketching and I could add rainwater to fix the lines. Here’s the finished painting….

Golf-club

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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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I now take commissions. These are usually from  photographs and some recent requests have been for painting of buildings or places that mean something special to the the purchaser and/or their family but at a very reasonable price (under £100, unframed). Request have come from the other side of the world, from countries in Europe, or from a just a few streets away from where I live! I’ve done something a little extra by request, such as setting the painting at a particular season, or adding something personal to the image. The buyers have been very pleased – which brings a lot of satisfaction to me as well a giving a focus for my work. Here are some examples of paintings, done from photos, in and around the Highgate area:

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Back Lane

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Flask Walk

The Grove

Highgate, Pond Square

Lauderdale House

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CONTACT : Do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

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