WIN a wonderful watercolour original of Ugley

PUBLISHED: 17:27 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 26 October 2018

UGLEY HALL
A beautiful building with white plaster work shown by leaving unpainted white paper.

UGLEY HALL A beautiful building with white plaster work shown by leaving unpainted white paper.

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James Merriott continues his watercolourtour of the county in a village which has more beauty than most, despite the impression of its name

There is, I do believe, in the very spirit of painting, an inner urge to explore alternative procedures and to search out perhaps more effective results.

‘TWO OF A KIND’
A thatched cottage makes a lovely painting, to find two opposite Patmore Fields was even more inviting.‘TWO OF A KIND’ A thatched cottage makes a lovely painting, to find two opposite Patmore Fields was even more inviting.

Although I have for over 40 years concentrated wholly on the watercolour medium, I constantly change paper makes and textures. By applying paint to these alternatives, I find myself challenged to experiment and perhaps begin a new exciting journey of discovery that leads to new innovations for me.

A CORNER OF THE GREEN
A detour from Ugley to the large expanse of Ugley Green, with the red boxes complimenting the green trees.A CORNER OF THE GREEN A detour from Ugley to the large expanse of Ugley Green, with the red boxes complimenting the green trees.

For the watercolours of the picturesque village of Ugley, I decided to revert to inexpensive paper that I had not used for some years and I also chose to paint the subjects larger.

BETWEEN THE TREES
An inviting view, very conspicuous from driving along Church Lane.BETWEEN THE TREES An inviting view, very conspicuous from driving along Church Lane.

As always, all the paintings were completed at home from images taken at the scene and I found a magical feeling to each one that I produced. The magic was not because of better results, but simply because I was pursuing something differently.

ENTRANCE TO UGLEY HALL
Looking to the right from where ‘Between the Trees’ was painted revealed this lovely view.ENTRANCE TO UGLEY HALL Looking to the right from where ‘Between the Trees’ was painted revealed this lovely view.

My visit to Ugley was not perfect. In fact, although it had not rained for more than 50 days previous to my visit, it rained hard the whole time I was there. However, the rain wasn’t a big problem and I loved finding the fascinating subjects from the various locations within the village.

ST. PETERS CHURCH
A more traditional view of the church, seen in full view from the church yard.ST. PETERS CHURCH A more traditional view of the church, seen in full view from the church yard.

Needless to say, I loved each and every one of those places chosen and another charming corner of the county had been captured in watercolour.

You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728 or visit www.cottagecornerart.co.uk

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