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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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One good thing about a cold bright winter’s day is that you can often see more of the subject you want to paint than when the trees obscure the view. St Joseph’s Church in Highgate features in many a local artists repertoire, but it’s hard to find a good angle from which to paint it. Relatively pleased with this angle as it shows the church from Waterlow Park and with the foliage in remission you can see some of it quite well!

St-Joe

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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

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Further down the Thames the O2 stands proud. I wonder why this jetty, larger than the venue, caught my eye….

O2Thamesview

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A stroll across towards Hampstead Heath from Kenwood reveals – for locals – a familiar view. The huge house peeking through the woods is Athlone House. Over 150 years old it’s been a private house, an RAF college and was used by the NHS, but now very sadly it’s under threat of demolition. So I thought I’d paint it, as many have done before.

Athlone-House2

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