Wa­ter­colours of Throck­ing

WIN an orig­i­nal paint­ing

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My visit to Throck­ing was made around the time my wife and I made a spe­cial jour­ney to Northum­ber­land to visit close friends Kathryn and David. It had been my priv­i­lege that some time ago they com­mis­sioned me to paint Wil­low House, sit­u­ated very near to Throck­ing. I found it won­der­ful to be back on fa­mil­iar ground.

It gave me enor­mous plea­sure to se­lect sub­jects to paint in the small vil­lage of Throck­ing, with some won­der­ful sur­prises. Not least was the pic­turesque church, hid­den be­hind trees and en­tered by an equally tucked away en­trance gate­way.

You may be think­ing what’s the con­nec­tion with Northum­ber­land? Well I not only painted Wil­low House for Kathryn and David but four oth­ers in which they lived around the county. Our jour­ney to Northum­ber­land, you may now have guessed, was to paint their new (and hope­fully last) home, the fab­u­lous High­field House near Al­nwick.

Throck­ing or Northum­ber­land, it’s a great plea­sure to be paint­ing the beauty I find.

For de­tails of James Mer­riott paint­ings, prints, greet­ing cards, ex­hi­bi­tions and cal­en­dars, contact the artist at Cot­tage Cor­ner Art, 9 By­ron Road, Brent­wood, Es­sex cot­tagecorner­art.co.uk 01277 210728

POST BOX FOR CART BARNNot much to it but look­ing so lovely in a cosy hedgerow.

THROCK­ING HALL COT­TAGE In a won­der­ful po­si­tion along­side the road­way and con­ve­nient to record with my cam­era.

GREEN BEAUTY BE­TWEEN GREEN TREES I walked along the en­trance drive which re­vealed this colour­ful build­ing with fas­ci­nat­ing ad­di­tions to the roof.

COT­TERED ROAD Here I found the vil­lage no­tices along­side a clas­sic tele­phone box at the edge of the green.

THROCK­ING CHURCH ‘Small is beau­ti­ful’ but big enough for this small vil­lage.

THE GAR­DEN SEATOne of those things I dream of find­ing, not just the seat but en­hanced by the lovely gar­den.

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