Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Painting spots along the Thames

On Sunday, the weather proved better than forecasted and we enjoyed a nice family walk along the Thames. We started from Buscot, crossing the Buscot Lock, built in 1790 on the River Thames. It is the smallest of the 45 locks on the Thames operated manually by pushing and pulling large beams.

We then followed the twists of the river Thames for a few miles, until we reached Kelmscott. Both Buscot and Kelmscott are traditional Cotswold villages with grey stone houses and cottages.

On the way, I noticed many places that would make perfect painting spots. I managed to shoot a few good pictures that I may use as reference photographs for paintings.

Eaton Footbridge

We passed KelmscottHouse that dates from the 1780s. It is a museum open to the public, but it is closed on Sunday. The designer, poet and socialist William Morris (1834-1896) lived in this house from 1878 until his death. 

Kelmscott House

On the bright side, The Plough Inn (a 17th Century Inn) was open for business, with a very cheerful and welcoming landlord. I highly recommend the place.

The Plough Inn

I noticed a somewhat art related advertising plaque on the outside wall. Not sure how easy it is to paint with a pint in hand…

And at the back of the Inn, they built a beautiful tree-house.

I must go back sometime on this walk with my easel…

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