WIN a watercolour original of Hedingham Castle
PUBLISHED: 12:35 16 July 2020 | UPDATED: 16:32 22 July 2020
James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a selection of his favourite Essex scenes drawn from his extensive archives
This month, with the restrictions of Covid-19 still apparent, I have made up a collection of views from some of my favourite locations around the county.
Two of these watercolours I completed from my home village of Hutton and two from further afield, the much-loved Upminster Windmill and the fabulous Vale of Dedham.
Together with the other Essex highlights, all were completed (without leaving home) from photographs I retained through 15 years of sublime travels painting for Essex Life magazine.
All watercolours were painted on handmade paper from le Moulin de la Rouzique in France, purchased some 30 years ago.
Very absorbent and with a very rough texture, the paper can be difficult to work on, but also provides some beautiful results at times.
I simply loved the challenge of the difficulties and my head was full of ideas of how to go about producing this feature. I selected various seasons from throughout the year, while some I left void of figures and some I added more people than I usually do.
If this encourages you to have a go yourself or to take out your paintbox again, I am indeed privileged.
If you would like more advice on how to get started or how to progress with your watercolours, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I hope to soon be able to re-open the small studio gallery I have at home.
There is always lots of artwork to see, as well as our beautiful small garden. My wife Joan and I look forward to welcoming you soon.
For your chance to win James’ original painting above, fill out the form and answer the following question:
You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728