James Merriott paints: Snow Scenes
PUBLISHED: 12:06 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:06 29 November 2016
Essex Life’s artist in residence, James Merriott, continues his watercolour tour of Essex with a look at some scenes once enjoyed by John constable, dusted with snow
BRIDGE HOUSE, FLATFORD: Flatford has never looked more beautiful than at the present day, cared for throughout time by England’s National Trust.
BRIDGE OVER THE STOUR: Its been said many times, an earlier Bridge here was crossed every week day by Constable to go to school. A wonderful recollection for visitors and for present day artists.
FLATFORD WATER MILL: “The sound of water, escaping from milldams, willow, old rotten planks, slimy posts and brickwork - I love such things” said Constable. Some things never change - so do I.
R. STOUR, VALE OF DEDHAM: Pollarded willow trees on the Essex bank contribute so much to the infinite beauty of the river.
THE LUCUM FLATFORD MILL: Nothing enhances a water mill more than a lucum. Used for hauling bags of grain from a cart but adding great status to the building.
THE MILL STREAM: The dog stood on the bank here and the haywain itself was at midstream in Constables most famous masterpiece. Painted of course with a view in the opposite direction. Who would try to copy Constable?
WILLY LOTTS COTTAGE: Perhaps the farmer driving the cart is going to turn round before delivering his bags of wheat under the lucum at the mill!