WIN: An original watercolour of Twinstead’s St John the Evangelist Church
PUBLISHED: 17:11 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 14 August 2018
James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a visit to Twinstead, where he is spoilt for choice for his watercolour scenes
I never find selecting subjects to paint in watercolour very difficult. A Victorian post box on a church wall, an historic village pump on the green or a beautifully constructed village sign – these are subjects that move me most, and all these I found at picturesque Twinstead.
Then add to the list the church, a vintage sign post and a traditional seat on the green and half of this feature was completed. Of course my discovery of lovely subjects to paint didn’t end there. Walking along the High Street I found the colourful sign for Threckles Croft that enticed me to look a little closer to find the stunningly beautiful cottage.
My loveliest moment was walking the footpath from the church towards the village of Great Henny. Not only the undulating, outstanding countryside, but on the hilltop a view of Henny Church, once painted in a distant view from his native Suffolk by Thomas Gainsborough.
Although famed most for his portraits, Gainsborough was happiest painting landscapes, and in such wonderful scenery who could blame him.
It appears, for my third feature running, I have returned to my beloved Stour Valley, where I could take full advantage of the long summer days and of course the hot sunshine.
For your chance to win James’ original painting St John the Evangelist Church, fill out the form below and answer the following question:
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The competition closes at 6pm on September 30, 2018. Usual promotion rules apply. For full terms and conditions, visit www.essexlifemag.co.uk
You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728 or visit www.cottagecornerart.co.uk