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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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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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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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SOLD

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

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It’s almost half term already! The Highgate Scientific and Literary Institution was set up in 1839 and offers a range of cultural activities, including lectures, seminars, outings and special groups. Overlooking Pond Square it is one of the oldest such organisations still operating in London. It’s very popular with local people and has a high membership rate.

Highgate-Institute

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