WIN: An original watercolour of Twinstead’s St John the Evangelist Church

PUBLISHED: 17:11 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 14 August 2018

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH
A two in one view with the red Post Box complimenting the decorative church

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH A two in one view with the red Post Box complimenting the decorative church

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James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a visit to Twinstead, where he is spoilt for choice for his watercolour scenes

I never find selecting subjects to paint in watercolour very difficult. A Victorian post box on a church wall, an historic village pump on the green or a beautifully constructed village sign – these are subjects that move me most, and all these I found at picturesque Twinstead.

THE OLD RECTORY
I could call this painting’ Tranquillity’ with the picturesque cottage set superbly between magnificent Cedar trees.THE OLD RECTORY I could call this painting’ Tranquillity’ with the picturesque cottage set superbly between magnificent Cedar trees.

Then add to the list the church, a vintage sign post and a traditional seat on the green and half of this feature was completed. Of course my discovery of lovely subjects to paint didn’t end there. Walking along the High Street I found the colourful sign for Threckles Croft that enticed me to look a little closer to find the stunningly beautiful cottage.

THE VILLAGE PUMP
Adding additional colour to the pump and signpost created the appeal I was looking for.THE VILLAGE PUMP Adding additional colour to the pump and signpost created the appeal I was looking for.

My loveliest moment was walking the footpath from the church towards the village of Great Henny. Not only the undulating, outstanding countryside, but on the hilltop a view of Henny Church, once painted in a distant view from his native Suffolk by Thomas Gainsborough.

THE VILLAGE SIGN
Depicting the county logo, the church, the water pumps, a farmyard, animal and flowers.THE VILLAGE SIGN Depicting the county logo, the church, the water pumps, a farmyard, animal and flowers.

Although famed most for his portraits, Gainsborough was happiest painting landscapes, and in such wonderful scenery who could blame him.

THRECKLES CROFT
The name plaque in the pot of flowers I moved from the front of the cottage, it just had to be included in the composition.THRECKLES CROFT The name plaque in the pot of flowers I moved from the front of the cottage, it just had to be included in the composition.

It appears, for my third feature running, I have returned to my beloved Stour Valley, where I could take full advantage of the long summer days and of course the hot sunshine.

FOOTPATH TO GREAT HENNY 
Beautifully positioned in the distant hills, I gave the church more prominence in the watercolour.FOOTPATH TO GREAT HENNY Beautifully positioned in the distant hills, I gave the church more prominence in the watercolour.

For your chance to win James’ original painting St John the Evangelist Church, fill out the form below and answer the following question:

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Terms & Conditions

The competition closes at 6pm on September 30, 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

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