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Now preparing for the annual exhibition. Some likely candidates:

Two local views and two from further afield………

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In Mexico and Panama. The first is a bay in Oaxaca¬† (Wahaca) state called Puerto Escondido, a safer place for swimming and fishing trips than along the coast. The second is a distant view of the cloud forests from a bridge on the Rio Caldera in the Chiriqui province. How different from a rainy January in London…

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So far the exhibition at the Highgate Gallery is going well. The private view was packed out and the red stickers started to appear!

Here’s a painting that also appeared. It’s a view of the botanic gardens in Oaxica, Mexico, which has an extensive collection of Cactae and Agaves.

Botanic-Garden-in-Mexico

 

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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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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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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

Please see http://www.highgatewatercolour.org.uk/ for more info

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A perfect day for the seaside – sunny, warm with a light breeze and most of the summer crowds have left. There was a man with a hefty camera kit with all the fine lens and paraphernalia and a lady with a little dog (and a copy of Chekhov?).

Brighton-seaspray

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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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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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