WIN a wintry watercolour of Castle Hedingham
PUBLISHED: 11:23 14 November 2019
James Merriott adds a dusting of snow to his paintings of Castle Hedingham to share a bit of festive cheer
After commencing my watercolour tour of Essex in 2005, this is the 15th year of me presenting a selection of Christmas snow scenes for Essex Life's December issue.
I believe the occasion is worthy of such a prestigious location as Castle Hedingham, a village being both beautiful and historic, and a jewel in the county's crown.
Just to gaze at the monumental church of St Nicholas, surrounded by picturesque cottages, brings joy to my heart, and when you add the historic influence of the De Vere family from times past, I certainly sense a very special atmosphere in this part of the world.
I have visited Castle Hedingham on many occasions previously, having exhibited art work at the fabulous Norman keep, and even held a watercolour demonstration in the village hall.
I have also ventured into Sible Hedingham to paint the much-loved Alderford Watermill. This leaves me proud to say I am a regular and participating visitor as well as to claim, this is my local painting ground.
My most recent visit was on a beautiful September day to take photographs from which I completed these watercolours.
Replacing sun with snow to the various images, I never find difficult, and perhaps the 11 summery features before this Christmas one allows for enough 'green' in my watercolours.
I do however love painting snow, although I'm less keen on being out and about in it! I will always adore being back at the Hedinghams, but when it comes to snow scenes, I'm already looking forward to spring.
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You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728