Wa­ter­colours of Cromer

WIN an original paint­ing

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Although there is a great deal of beauty in the ham­let of Cromer and in the sur­round­ing coun­try­side to the east of Steve­nage, it was the windmill that was my first rea­son to paint the lo­ca­tion. I have adored wind­mills my en­tire life and found the beau­ti­fully re­stored Cromer post mill per­fect to pro­duce as a water­colour. So per­fect in fact, that I painted it twice. Won­der­ful to paint it in the fab­u­lous sur­round­ing land­scape and also to fea­ture it close up.

For the re­main­ing wa­ter­colours I se­lected two land­scapes and two ham­let lo­ca­tions.

Apart from mak­ing de­ci­sions re­gard­ing sub­jects, I con­tin­u­ously ex­per­i­ment with al­ter­na­tive pa­per. These vary from be­ing as rough as anaglypta wall­pa­per to slightly rough ‘not’ pa­per (‘not’ for not hot pressed).

For all six Cromer paint­ings I re­verted to the in­ex­pen­sive Bock­ing­ford pa­per that I hadn’t used for a few years.

I find Bock­ing­ford helps me to pro­duce max­i­mum colour, which is a big part of my paint­ing style. I use just nine colours – Light Red, Burnt Si­enna, Cad­mium Red, Alizarin Crim­son, Cobalt Blue, French Ul­tra­ma­rine Blue, Prus­sian Blue, Yel­low Ochre and New Gam­boge Yel­low. For these wa­ter­colours I used Bock­ing­ford 140lb ‘not’ pa­per. Size 15”x11”.

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

WINDMILL WITH LAND­SCAPE To my mind the view of the windmill is the finest in Hert­ford­shire.

LAND­SCAPE Along the lane from the mill, I used artis­tic li­cence to add the hay rolls to help with depth and at­mos­phere.

FARM TRACK More artis­tic li­cence – adding the hiker to help give the paint­ing a lit­tle life.

CROMER HALL A builder work­ing on a nearby roof who told me the hall was much older than it looked and had an inside well.

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