Watercolours of Cromer
WIN an original painting
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”.
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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.