Starting to paint Gee’s restaurant, Oxford

Gee’s restaurant is set amongst the well-to-do Victorian houses on the Banbury Road in North Oxford. It occupies what was once a greenhouse and conservatory, built at the end of the 18th century as a sort of forerunner of our modern garden-centres. Back in the balmy days of summer I spent an hour or so […]

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St. Mary’s church, Adderbury

Here is one of my slightly older watercolours – it is of St Mary’s Church in Adderbury. This is an imposing church, one of the largest in northern Oxfordshire and features an ornate Lady Chapel built in the perpendicular style. Like a lot of country churches it is a little off the main roads but […]

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A view of St. Mary’s Passage against the light

Experimenting a little with a simplified (for me) watercolour of this townscape. This walkway is known as St.Mary’s Passage, next to St. Mary’s Church, in central Oxford. For those in the know the walkway is famous as the inspiration for a scene in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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A watercolour sketch of Arlington Row, Bibury

Bibury is one of the classic Cotswolds villages and Arlington Row with its water meadow and clear water stream is definitely worth a visit. This is another of my watercolour studies of this row of picturesque cottages in the village and is one of several attempts at getting a decent painting of this view – […]

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