Saturday, January 21, 2012

River Cottage


This is how I decided to spend my Saturday evening, painting this landscape of an English country cottage using watercolours on English cotton paper. This is my first attempt, I shall try again.
I saw this scene flash by on the television a few months back, it was a part of the opening titles for a program called 'River Cottage'. I was so impressed with this beautiful image I decided to do a quick sketch and tonight have painted it from memory.
I would love to own an old stone cottage like this, white-washed, with deep window sills and white paned windows.
How lovely to be situated on the side of a gently sloping hill which reaches down to a pristine river or stream where one can hear the water flowing by. To take in the fresh air and soft fragrance of the meadows and fruits and flowers from the orchards.
To walk over undulating hills of meadow grasses of different textures and softness and hues of green, scattered with white and yellow wildflowers.
To pick wild apples from some ancient tree and berries growing within the hedgerows. Listening to the birds singing who have nested in the hedges and trees ... this sounds like perfection to me.

Watercolour painting by Dianne D ... ♥
Please enlarge for a better view.

65 comments:

Jasmin said...
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dianne said...

Liebe Jasmin , ich danke Ihnen für Ihre nachdenkliche Worte, ich bin so froh, dass du mein Aquarell möchten. Ich liebe Zeichnen und Malen, sollte ich öfter üben. Ich liebe Wiesen, Bäume, Gräser, alles, was grün ist, ist es so wohltuend für die Augen und beruhigend auf das Herz.
Liebe, dein Freund Dianne.
xoxoxo ♡

Art said...

Wow! Great post! Love your works. Thanks for sharing!

puerileuwaite said...

I think I see where I went astray. I picked bad apples from the wild tree.

Antonio Machado said...

Hello Dianne,
very beautiful painting!
Congratulations

Rahul Bhatia said...

Beautiful work Dianne! So firmly rooted to the nature..

José Ramón said...

Bella Acuarela le deseo buen domingo gracias por su visita.
Saludos desde
Creatividad e imaginación fotos de José Ramón

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Have tried watercolour in the past; it is very difficult to master. Well, for me it was.

Well done for your first venture into it - will look forward to future paintings.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Art for your kind words, I am so pleased that you liked my work.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Pugsly my sweet, I am sorry if you have a tummy ache, perhaps the apple you ate was not ripe or a you picked a bitter crabapple.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Antonio for your kind words, I am so pleased that you liked my painting.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Rahul for your kind words, yes nature gives us many subjects to paint.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Estimado José , gracias por sus amables palabras, me alegra que te gustaba mi acuarela.
Un hermoso domingo para ti también!
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear J Cosmo for your kind words.
It is not my first venture into watercolours, just this particular painting.
Watercolours are difficult, the paint has to be applied thickly to achieve the depth of colour. A friend has suggested that I try acrylic paints so I shall use them for my next painting project. :)
xoxoxo ♡

JUAN FUENTES said...

Amiga Dianne.Tu soñadora mente y tu cultura a escrito una apologia de tus más intimos pensamientos,la poesia está inculcada dentro de cada palabra,soñar és muy bonito y no nos cuesta nada,continua con tus sueños,
ellos te ayudaran a llevar una vida placendera.
Un fuerte abrazo a mi naciente pintora.
Juan

dianne said...

Juan querido amigo, yo siempre he sido un soñador y tiene una gran imaginación, que da mucho más a nuestras vidas. Mis poemas siempre expresar mis pensamientos y sentimientos.
Gracias, tengo que mejorar mi pintura.
muchos abrazos
xoxoxo ♡

Leovi said...

Beautiful composition for the first try and do it from memory, delicious colors, I love this house. I love the house you describe with your words, if you get a house so you'll have to invite me, ha ha ha. kisses

Giga said...

Też by mi się taki domek marzył :-) i miejsce gdzie stoi. Ładny jest Twój namalowany obrazek. Pozdrawiam. *** I also would be a dream house :-) and place where he is. Nice is your painted picture. Yours.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Bela pintura...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

~*Princesa Fiona*~ said...

You are talented beyond poetry, dear Dianne! :-) A beautiful, watercolor painting. It is my understanding that this medium of painting can be very difficult?

The words that you 'painted' to accompany the image is what made me fall in love with the cottage and all of it's surroundings. I suddenly wanted to live there too!

Wonderful work, Dianne! Thanks for sharing with us. :-) ♥

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

WONDERFUL post.

foam said...

Very charming, Dianne! I would love to walk there too.

dianne said...

Thank you dear friend Leovi ,I am pleased that you have enjoyed looking at my painting, it is my first attempt at this particular subject but I shall practice more.
Yes, of course if I am fortunate to have a lovely country house like this I will invite you, it would be fun and I could cook you paella.
Besos
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Giga for your lovely comment, I am so pleased that you like my painting.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Fernando for your kind words.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you so much dear Fiona for your lovely comment, I do like drawing and painting but I do not practice enough. When I saw this cottage on the television I was completely taken in by the beauty of it and its surroundings and wanted to keep it, apart from in my memory. So from a rough sketch this ordinary water colour has emerged, it is far from perfect but I enjoyed painting this scene. The words that I 'painted' come from the location of the cottage and my many experiences of walking through meadows, orchards and near rivers and streams. Meadows and orchards have their own special appeal and fragrance. I am so pleased that you enjoyed my painting and its surroundings.
Love, Dianne
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you so much dear Harry .
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dearest Foamy for your kind comment, as an art teacher you will have noticed how amateur this water colour is, I am no great painter but I did paint this from my heart and how I felt about the beautiful green surroundings.
It would be lovely if you were to walk there too, we could walk together and discover all of the lovely vistas to see.
Lovely to see you little sweet pea, I hope you are well and still enjoying your holidays.
xoxoxo ♡

Little Lamb said...

aI like your painting A LOT!!!!! I think you did a good job!

Naomy (Naomi) Kuroda said...

Dear friend Dianne,
I love your watercolors!
Soft landscape of dreams!
Congratulations!

dianne said...

Thank you Lamby dear for your lovely comment, I am so pleased that you liked my painting.
I think you would like it there too!
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear friend Naomi for your kind comment, yes it is a lovely landscape, a place I would like to escape to.
xoxoxo ♡

chickory said...

it sounds like perfection to me too!! I loved your day -we agree on "what is living"/ I love your painting too...maybe you can manifest the dream in this way.

Kunal said...

Have a cottage like that would surely be real bliss. Being in close ties with nature always gives one immense pleasure.

A beautiful painting.
And Good Luck. :)

dianne said...

Thank you dearest chickory, for your lovely comment, yes that is how I would like to spend every day.
I am so pleased that you loved my painting, even though it is not so grand, I think my amateur attempt at painting with watercolours and words has painted an image that most people who love nature can relate to.
How wonderful it would be to make the dream come true.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Kunal for your lovely words, yes one would be truly blessed to own such a cottage in a beautiful landscape like that...nature at your doorstep.
xoxoxo ♡

Enrique G.A. said...

Hi Gine. A beautiful composition, you've done a good job of memory, some nice colors.
I like your words describe the house.
Greetings .-

JUAN FUENTES said...

Tu que tienes espíritu de poeta, tienes que amar los lugares apasibles
porque en ellos te puede inspirar tus bonitos poemas.
Un fuerte abrazo

Elia said...

Querida amiga
me gusta mucho tu pintura, es un sueño tal cual lo describes, todos tenemos sueños de un lugar idílico donde encontrar la paz.
Este lugar tan tuyo es especial, quizás un día te acompañe a recoger esos frutos de los árboles y mojar mis pies a ese riachuelo.

Un abrazo especial

hugs and kisses

eljardindemiduende ^^

/t. said...

dianne,

there is no end
to your many talents

this is a beautiful watercolor
for a first attempt -- keep going

it's said that watercolor is the most demanding artistic medium(!) -- good luck with it

× × ×

/t.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Enrique for your kind comment, I am pleased that you enjoyed the colours in my painting and the words I used to describe my feelings for this place.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Querido amigo Juan, gracias por tu comentario preciosa. Sí, mi amor por la naturaleza y su belleza es una gran inspiración para mis poemas.
muchos abrazos
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Gracias Elia querido amigo, por tus palabras encantadoras. Estoy tan contento que quería a mi pintura, yo lo he hecho en mi lugar de los sueños mediante la adición de muchos aspectos que me gustaría. Sí se puede recoger la fruta de los setos y huertos y mojarnos los pies en el hermoso río.
Todavía no tengo equipo, estoy esperando Andrew puede ver lo que está mal mañana. He creado un correo electrónico temporal que es el mismo correo electrónico, pero parece que he perdido todos mis contactos. Muy triste, ya que no sabemos todavía lo que más he perdido.
Amor y besos, tu amigo, Dianne.
Besos
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear friend /t. for your thoughtful comment, you are very kind to me.
This is my first attempt at painting this house and surroundings from memory. I hope the colours I have used are a true representation of the trees and vegetation. It was difficult as the watercolours were very transparent so I had to apply the paint more thickly. A friend has suggested that I should try acrylic paints as they have more depth and are easier to paint with.
Yes, I shall try again as I really enjoy drawing and painting. :)
xoxoxo ♡

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Dianne this is so lovely... you have a wonderfull soul

Marty said...

sometimes, dreams come true and I hope one day you will live in such
a beautiful cottage !
your painting is very nice ! I hope you will keep on with paintings !
wish you lovely days dear Dianne

dianne said...

Thank you dear Laura for your sweet words, I have just been over to Nouvelle Colours admiring your beautiful painting and have left a comment for you.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Marty for your lovely words and kindness...I do live in a nice house but it has always been a dream of mine to live in the country in such a beautiful landscape as this. It would be so quiet and peaceful.
My painting needs much improvement but I hope that a little more practice will help.
I wish you lovely days too dear Marty, I know how much you love nature from your beautiful photos you share with us.
Bisous
xoxoxo ♡

JUAN FUENTES said...

Amiga Dianne.Las gaviotas sobre la torre de la iglesia no son reales,otra de mis fantasias,pero si a ti re gustó,me siento orgulloso de ella.
Abrazos

Leovi said...

Yes, you're right, nice your words, I was enchanted by the landscape so beautifully descibes. Besos.

Ricardo Miñana said...

Hi Dianne, painting has been pretty good job.

I will travel for work in the south and center for 10 days, you have a good
week.
a hug.

JUAN FUENTES said...

Amiga Dianne.Al ver la fotografia tus glandulas gustativas te hacen creer en algo inesistente fisicamente
Pero si con ello tu estómago se siente satisfecho,bien venido sea
Abrazos

Magia da Inês said...

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A sua aquarela já está linda.
Tenho certeza que só ficará ainda mais maravilhosa na próxima tentativa.
Toda essa paisagem e esse estilo de vida é tudo o que eu mais quero... viver no campo.

Boa noite!
Beijinhos.
Brasil

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º°❤

dianne said...

Querido amigo Juan , y me gusta la fantasía con las gaviotas y el hermoso cielo azul. :)
muchos abrazos
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you Leovi dear friend, I am pleased that you enjoyed my description of the landscape. I have also used some lovely memories of other places I have enjoyed experiencing.
Besos
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Ricardo for your kind words. Enjoy your travelling over the next 10 days, I hope it will be interesting for you my friend.
a hug.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Querido amigo Juan , me gustó tu vida aún, los tomates son tan versátiles para todo tipo de recetas y deliciosos cuando se casa cultivar en el jardín ..
muchos abrazos
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Muito obrigado querida Inês pelas suas amáveis ​​palavras, espero melhorar a minha pintura com a minha próxima tentativa, mas vou dar-me mais tempo.
Seria lindo para viver no país em um lugar ideal como esta.
Bom fim de semana meu amigo!
abraços e beijos
xoxoxo ♡

JUAN FUENTES said...

Desde éste rincón de Andalucia,te envio un fuerte abrazo
Juan

dianne said...

Juan , querido amigo, gracias, muchos abrazos para ti!
Dianne
xoxoxo ♡

Mirthe Duindam said...

Beautifully done, good work!
Warm greetings, Mirthe

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

great job!

that is really fantastic!
love the subtle tones...gorgeous!

Laura Jannika said...

I am so glad you are painting and dreaming! Keep it up. I hope you get your cottages some day!

dianne said...

Thank you dear Laura , yes I enjoy painting and dreaming of country cottages in green landscapes, I have to find more time to paint. :)
xoxoxo ♡

Craftsman of light said...

Dianne,
i finished reading your 'white silence', though they held the sad, i still found what i needed in them to like what i like about silence, And i'm going through your posts the otherway down....

i'm glad you've decided to share with us something differently artistic than words....i've got the itch too, i hope to explore the brush i've neglected for so long.
You are a real inspiration!
i did enjoyed your lovely thoughts that goes with the painting!

You offer me a miracle....an act of creating!

kisses to you.
C