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The satnav was switched on and the trip to Wrest Park began. So to all the back roads in Bedfordshire. It was a real mystery tour going to somewhere ‘new’. To one of Britain’s finest ‘secret gardens’ – all 90 acres of it. A fabulous place to inspire with its magnificent house with conservatory, formal and wooded gardens, a central walk along a gravel path surrounded by statues, giving the long view of the pavilion across the lake.

Wrest-pavillion

Wrest-Conservatory

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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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…..now there’s a chance to paint outside – or at least in a greenhouse.  Latest inspirations came from several sources: Darwin’s House in Downe, Kent, Myddleton House in Enfield, and the Heath is looking great, too.

Darwin's Greenhouse

Darwin's Pots

Myddleton-Greenhouse

Heath-towards-Kenwood

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But I guess they can encourage the use of less familiar palette combinations. And I’m loving the hot pressed Waterford papers I’m experimenting with…

Mosaic-vase-with-parrotWill really have to concentrate on getting some paintings ready for the Fair on Pond Square, not long now! In the meantime here’s a set imaginatively entitled ‘The games people play’:

Still-life-games-people-play

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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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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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