Here are two fairly local scenes. (1) a remote Exmoor cottage called Badgercombe ( John Hoar) took us there on one of his wonderful painting courses (2) one of my very favourite views of the Clifton Suspension bridge over the Avon Gorge at Bristol. I never tire of this view and it brings to mind my beautiful son, his wife and their two beautiful children who used to live in Clifton.
Here is a simple picture of a house in the village of Overbury in Worcestershire (although it has a Gloucestershire post code). My son and his family have recently moved to a house just up the lane from this view. Here I’ve kept a simple composition to feature the view over to the distant Cotswold Hills. In reality, the house is more raw sienna coloured than white but as in all watercolour painting, white is essential to produce the bright transparent quality of this lovely yet difficult medium.
Our Topsham Art Group summer exhibition opened on Saturday after an enjoyable preview evening the night before. I was flabbergasted to find that my watercolour of Connemara cottages won the Estuary Cup awarded to the work with greatest artistic merit. It was doubly pleasing that this year’s judge was David Norman who is a hugely respected professional watercolour painter. The painting, cup and citation are below .