Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

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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Pleased to have sold some paintings at the exhibition – now it’s back to work to come up with something new. On a bright – but very cold – day I saw a great reflection of Crouch End’s Clocktower in the window of the local bookshop. Quite a difficult image to tackle and I will need to try out different approaches, but here’s the first attempt….

Clocktower-reflection

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I liked this view of the Dorset coast for its contours and the chalky whiteness of the cliffs. I also wanted to work with a limited palette rather than capture the sunshine of the summer, now disappeared.

Coastal-bay

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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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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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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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  London: town and country

Watercolour paintings featuring London views

I’ve recently revisited painting with watercolours. Not an easy media. But completely involving. An important step was to choose a subject to inspire. You can search hard looking for something far and wide only to discover that what you like best is closest to home. So I chose London and particularly the waterfront. There must be an affinity there! The views below include an unusual one from the Albert Embankment taking in the houses of Parliament and the London Eye, one of the skyline including St Pauls, and some of the Thames opposite the recently opened village in the sky which is the Shard. Others show a greener part of London – mainly in and around Highgate and Alexandra Palace.

 [the  painting are shown here are all originals but are cropped and don’t show the whole image.] See contact page for how to buy and details of prices.

  In the image above you can see where, next to these railings on the Thames, the tourists in the garish yellow amphibious vehicles owned by ‘Duck Tours’, splash into the river and get their first waterborne views of at least two of the most iconic sights of London. If they listen carefully they can also hear the James Bond theme tune.

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Further down the river is a good view of Blackfriars – and more railings. This is just a little further down from the lovely Bankside Gallery, and, of course the Tate Modern, which is probabaly better known.

 These pictures focus on Thames barges, moored up two days before the typically damp days of a ‘mid summer’s’ London celebration.

  The shape of the Shard and the sail on the boat show some harmony.

Of course one inportant aspect of London life is the culture. There are so many art galleries and special shows to visit. Here’s a picture of some visitors at an exhibtion at the Victoria Miro Gallery in Islington. (For more galleries see the art links page.)

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London Countryside paintings

 Other watercolours in this collection represent the park land side of London. The first two are of the Gove next to the Peoples’ Palace – Alexandra Park and Palace.

The Grove facing the palace, shown in early Spring. Same trees but from a different direction.

 

The last one in this section shows a small scene in Regent’s Park with a row of three very proud looking alium plants.

Other subjects

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I do paint other subjects, here are some examples:

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