WIN a watercolour of wonderful Wivenhoe

PUBLISHED: 15:45 02 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:45 02 January 2020

VIEW OF WIVENHOE FROM FINGRINGHOE
This majestic view has changed very little during the thirty or so years that I have been coming here to paint.

VIEW OF WIVENHOE FROM FINGRINGHOE This majestic view has changed very little during the thirty or so years that I have been coming here to paint.

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James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a visit to Fingringhoe, although more distance views of Wivenhoe also catch his eye

Apart from the picturesque village with the beautiful church that takes centre stage, two more 'must see' locations in this part of Essex are the nature reserve on the Colne and just along the river, the superb view of Wivenhoe.

FINGRINGHOE SCHOOL
Moving the mighty oak with its immense tree trunk a little to the right gave me a better compositionFINGRINGHOE SCHOOL Moving the mighty oak with its immense tree trunk a little to the right gave me a better composition

The bow-fronted windows of many of the buildings nestle gracefully along the quay with, again, the church enjoying centre stage.

OAK VIEW COTTAGE
Another of Fingringhoe’s high points. The mighty and magnificent oak tree.OAK VIEW COTTAGE Another of Fingringhoe’s high points. The mighty and magnificent oak tree.

I make no apology for heading this article Fingringhoe, yet my dominant painting is one of Wivenhoe. It really must be seen, photographed or painted from the end of Ferry Road. You could well say, wonderful Wivenhoe viewed across the Colne from fantastic Fingringhoe.

ST. ANDREWS CHURCH
Best described as a wonderful church in a beautiful setting not far from the tidal River Colne.ST. ANDREWS CHURCH Best described as a wonderful church in a beautiful setting not far from the tidal River Colne.

Over the last 10 years or so of creating watercolours for Essex Life magazine I have selected something like 180 towns and villages, but I have been reflecting at the start of 2020 that perhaps it's time to paint some aspects of them again. Even if a similar view was painted some time ago for Essex Life, during this time my style may have changed, developed or maybe improved.

THE VILLAGE POND
Superbly presented with trees at the far side, stunningly beautiful, in keeping with the remainder of the village,THE VILLAGE POND Superbly presented with trees at the far side, stunningly beautiful, in keeping with the remainder of the village,

I did indeed paint this View of Wivenhoe From Fingringhoe once before for Essex Life, but I loved painting this view again. Food for thought for future features, I think.

THE WHALEBONE INN
Not just the lovely inn, but a watercolour including, Oak View Cottage, the school and of course the conspicuous oak.THE WHALEBONE INN Not just the lovely inn, but a watercolour including, Oak View Cottage, the school and of course the conspicuous oak.

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

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