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Watercolour Gallery - 2

"All Saints Church, Northampton"
Built in 1680, the church dominates Northampton's town centre. Following the Great Fire of Northampton in 1675, Charles II arranged for the town to receive enough money, timber and resources to rebuild the church.

All Saints Church, Northampton

"Hazelrigg House, Northampton"
One of the oldest buildings still standing in Northampton today is Hazelrigg House. It is rumoured that Oliver Cromwell slept here the night before the great battle at Naseby in 1645. Built in the Elizabethan period, it is one of the few buildings to escape the Great Fire of 1675.

Hazelrigg House, Northampton

"Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswolds"
Situated in the heart of the English Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a picturesque town famous for the small river that flows through it's centre. The numerous low bridges add to the old-world charm of this quaint place.

Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswolds

"Old Shops"
Just a view of some old fashioned shops in a small market town in Lincolnshire. I can't be precise as to which town because I copied this from a photograph in a tourism leaflet. The main purpose of the picture was to try using pen outlines, a technique I hadn't tried previously.

Old Shops

"Lighthouse"
While holidaying in Lincolnshire we visited Kingston-upon-Hull and, while trying to get a good view of the Humber Estuary, stumbled across this small Lighthouse. Again, I tried doing the outline in pen and was quite pleased with the result.

Lighthouse

"St.Lukes, Northampton"
The church at which we were married. It is very well screened by large trees now, and there is nowhere from which one can see the whole of the church. This painting was constructed by imagining what it might look like if the trees were no longer there. Photos from different angles were used for reference but I've made the church look much larger than it really is.

St.Lukes, Northampton

"Don at Coopers Rock"
One of my few attempts at people. My good friend Don, camera over shoulder, heading over the cracked and broken flagstones towards the famous Outlook at Coopers Rock in West Virginia.

Don at Coopers Rock

"Stamford Bridge"
Painted from a photograph taken as I leaned over the side of the bridge to appreciate the old world charm of these fine riverside buildings. Stamford is a breathtaking town to visit for anyone that appreciates historic architecture from times gone by.

Stamford Bridge

"P164 - Naval Patrol Vessel"
A Naval Patrol Vessel of some sort - (if you know, drop me a line). I saw it in the sunlit calm and still waters of a marina at Hull but I thought a stormy sea and inclement weather conditions seemed much more appropriate.

P164 - Naval Patrol Vessel

"Tremolett Ford"
A superb cottage in the heart of Cornish countryside where I spent a wonderfully relaxing week in the summer of 2005. The original building is over 300 hundred years old and the signs of an extension were clearly visible. A cement rendering just below the roof line causes me to wonder if the roof used to be thatched.

Tremolett Ford

"Boats at Harbour Wall"
During a days drive around the famous "Ring of Kerry" route in Ireland, we came across this collection of small boats moored in the shelter of a harbour wall on Valencia Island.

Boats at Harbour Wall

"Palm Tree"
I wish I'd been here but sadly this is just a view I copied from a picture postcard sent to me by a relative. Oh well, one day.

Palm Tree

"Ross Castle"
Situated on the banks of Lough Leane, County Kerry, Ireland. I photographed this fine chieftains stronghold from a waterbus as we toured the lough.

Ross Castle

"Blacksmiths Cottage"
This is an old building that has been retained in its original state as part of a 'culture museum' I visited in County Kerry, Ireland.

Blacksmiths Cottage

"Christmas Snow scene"
I had no intention of doing anything with this and it really was just an idle doodling and one of the few paintings I've done without anything to copy from. Even before it was finished I'd decided it was terrible. Nothing had worked the way I'd hoped it would. Some time later I came across it and saw it a different light. Now, without the knowledge of what I was trying to achieve, it looks completely different.

Christmas Snow scene

"Vase of Flowers"
This was my entry for one of my forum's Monthly Painting Projects. It was a much harder subject to paint than I would normally attempt, but such is the spirit of the forum that I 'had-a-go'. It was my first real attempt at a group of flowers and I found it to be an interesting and rewarding challenge.

Vase of Flowers

"Holway House, La Crosse"
Another entry for my forum's Monthly Painting Project. This fine castle-style residence was built around 1900. In 1979, it was honored with a Heritage Award from the Preservation Alliance of La Crosse.

Holway House, La Crosse

"Arctic Night"
An experiment in trying to create a painting using just one colour. It was not as difficult as I'd expected. I laid a lightish wash first and then kept adding in increasingly darker tones as I added depth and structure. I wish the boat was a little more prominent but otherwise I'm quite satisfied with the overall result.

Arctic Night

"Potter at his wheel"
Regulars to my site will know that my art forum organises a Monthly Painting Project, and this was one of them. It is from a members photograph taken at a "Bethlehem Event". The event involved setting up a Bethlehem-type market area in a large church hall. This subject was chosen for the painting project to give us the challenge of painting a person, something that most of us have studiously avoided doing up to now.

Potter at his wheel

"Stirling Castle"
Stirling Castle in Scotland sits atop a rocky outcrop and commands a magnificent view of the surrounding area. Probably the most important castle in Scotland my only regret is that I didn't have sufficient time to look around and soak up its atmosphere.

Stirling Castle