WIN an original watercolour of Finchingfield Windmill in the snow
PUBLISHED: 11:29 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 21 November 2018
James Merriott makes a seasonal return to Finchingfield to pain this stunning Essex treasure in the snow
In 1951 I remember well the celebrations of the Festival of Britain in London. At that time the festival committee selected four villages in Britain to present to tourists as examples of our most picturesque villages.
Finchingfield was one of the four chosen and became much visited at the event, remaining a popular tourist attraction ever since. The festival committee certainly made the right choice as fabulous Finchingfield has everything that you can think of to contribute to the perfect village.
You will find picturesque cottages and undulating greens, the duck pond and bridge, the historic windmill and cosy pubs, and not least a collection of charming teashops.
Painting Finchingfield for the December issue gave me immense pleasure and I have to admit that painting snow is not as difficult as traditional landscapes. It is however a great lesson in what not to paint, leaving white paper depicting highlights and the snow covering landscape.
What incredibly picturesque watercolours they make, and whether painting them as summer scenes or snow scenes, I can only say that revisiting this village for a Christmas feature gave me immense enjoyment as well as a feeling of producing something very special.
For me this village truly is fabulous Finchingfield!
For your chance to win James’ original painting Finchingfield’s Windmill fill out the form below and answer the question
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The competition closes at 6pm on December 21, 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