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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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Hoping to add some smaller pics to this year’s show – probably no more than 8 x 5. Let’s see how it goes….

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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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A mansion house in NW3, built in the era of Queen Anne, which houses the Hampstead Museum and regular art exhibitions. And it has a lovely garden and a fine cafe. A great place to visit on a fine Spring day!

Garden at Burgh House, Hampstead

Garden at Burgh House, Hampstead

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The website describes these gardens as ‘enchanting’. Definitely worth a visit Myddleton House Gardens comprise eight quite surprising acres slightly off the beaten track in the Enfield, North London.  Edward Augustus Bowles lived in the house up until 1954.  He was a very well regarded self-taught gardener, artist and expert botanist and his legacy has recently been restored. There is a visitors’ centre, a great cafe and very photogenic and highly sketchable grounds to enjoy. There are quirky features – chicken wire sculptures, hidden paths and follies, Victorian greenhouses and some grass is even painted blue to mark a lost river!

Myddleton

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