WIN a wonderful watercolour original of Ugley
PUBLISHED: 17:27 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 26 October 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For your chance to win James’ original painting Ugley Hall answer the following question and fill out the form