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PUBLISHED: 17:17 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:23 21 September 2018

SCHOOL GREEN The magnificence of the farmhouse with its four levels and two of the three statues.

SCHOOL GREEN The magnificence of the farmhouse with its four levels and two of the three statues.

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James Merriott continues his watercolourtour of the county with a visit to a village he feels sure would inspire the very greatest artists

Some time ago I visited Blackmore End, commissioned by the then resident owners to paint a large watercolour of their stunningly beautiful property at School Green.

JARVIS GREEN COTTAGE
With the trees on the green completing a wonderful landscape.JARVIS GREEN COTTAGE With the trees on the green completing a wonderful landscape.

I knew the property now had new owners, but it was an enormous thrill for me to revisit and again dwell on its incredible charm.

DAISY COTTAGE
I chose the cottage for my title, but I could have said ‘In the shade of the tree’DAISY COTTAGE I chose the cottage for my title, but I could have said ‘In the shade of the tree’

But it wasn’t just this superb dwelling that inspired me, I found so much more including Blackmore End’s two lovely greens, complete with a variation of picturesque cottages.

WOMEN IN THE GARDEN
Who would not admire the female statues, such magnificent works of art in the garden.WOMEN IN THE GARDEN Who would not admire the female statues, such magnificent works of art in the garden.

I chose a collection of attractive cottages for this feature with one exception, parts of the garden at School Green with the beautiful statues I have called Women in the Garden. Unashamedly, I adopted this title from one of Claude Monet’s masterpieces, sold to his fellow impressionist Frederick Bazille due to Monet’s poverty.

THE SMITHY
The one-time Blacksmith Shop?  I presumed.THE SMITHY The one-time Blacksmith Shop? I presumed.

It provides a nice reflection on two great painters. Like me, they would have loved the beauty of Blackmore End and perhaps put up their easels.

Of course, Claude Monet (1840-1926) left his house and garden with its water lilies at Giverny in France to be appreciated by the world. Frederick Bazille (1841-1870) was killed in action during the Franco Prussian War aged 29.

THATCH COTTAGE
Less is more I believe. I removed the front fence to reveal more of the lovely cottage.THATCH COTTAGE Less is more I believe. I removed the front fence to reveal more of the lovely cottage.

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The competition closes at 6pm on October 31, 2018. Usual promotion rules apply. For full terms and conditions, visit our home page.

You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728 or visit his website

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