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WIN a wintry watercolour of Castle Hedingham

PUBLISHED: 11:23 14 November 2019

ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH
The high point of a village visit, to view the superb church in all its glory in the large open churchyard.

ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH The high point of a village visit, to view the superb church in all its glory in the large open churchyard.

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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.

ALDERFORD STREET WATERMILL
Always I have loved mills, both wind and water, so I just had to make the short trip into Sible Hedingham.ALDERFORD STREET WATERMILL Always I have loved mills, both wind and water, so I just had to make the short trip into Sible Hedingham.

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.

COTTAGES AT CHURCH PONDS
A double bonus at Church Ponds cottages opposite the church.COTTAGES AT CHURCH PONDS A double bonus at Church Ponds cottages opposite the church.

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.

GATEWAY INTO THE CHURCHYARD
Painting little things I believe moves me most, this gateway to the churchyard a perfect example.GATEWAY INTO THE CHURCHYARD Painting little things I believe moves me most, this gateway to the churchyard a perfect example.

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.

THE BELL INN
A chance meeting with a dear friend on her way to the Bell was reason enough for me to paint it.THE BELL INN A chance meeting with a dear friend on her way to the Bell was reason enough for me to paint it.

For your chance to win James' original painting St Nicholas' Church fill out the form below and answer the question:

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The competition closes at 6pm on December 31, 2019. Usual promotion rules apply. For full terms and conditions, visit our homepage

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

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