Originally misnamed, Bourton on the Water, this famous road full of asymmetrical medieval cottages was viewed by Roxy on one of her many visits to England. She lost track of where this was while painting, and later found the correct location. Roxy's initial trip was in Winter of 2012. She set out to paint the Cotswolds upon her return. It took over five years to complete the first twelve which all convey a hint of winter atmosphere. In each painting, she focused on one aspect of the Cotswolds. In Arlington Row, it was the buildings which are asymmetrically aligned. This was new and fascinating for Roxy and she was completely enamoured by the architecture. Once capturing this element, she was finished with the painting, rather than continue on to minute details. It is one of her most popular prints.
Avensole Vineyard and Winery. Painted en plein air; from under a tree by the barn at Maurice Car'rie (now Ultimate Vineyards) Winery.
Oil on Canvas
6 x 8 inches (L x W)
While exhibiting, I was asked if I had any cat paintings. I love cats but remained focused on landscapes. At some point, I decided to paint a series of cats. This one is laying on a stack of books of mine. There are five in the collection: Babe (Persian), Little Miss Innocent (Siamese), Sleep Kitty (Tuxedo), Toulouse Tabby, and Bibliocat. Babe and Toulouse are still available.
A bit of a departure for me, I had a bee in my bonnet to paint the Apple tree budding in my neighbor's backyard. This is where it led me. On occasion I simply decide to veer in a completely different direction out of interest in a subject. I fancied creating heavily textured roses around a woman's head and although I don't usually include features, decided she should have violet eyes.
Lorenzi Estate Wines in Temecula is one of my favorite destinations. They make beautiful wine and views are spectacular. I have become friends with the owner and am delighted to have finished this piece!
One of two paintings meant to be together. Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds, England is one of my favorite travel destinations! This is actually the road leading to the Inn, which is behind the tree when one crosses the bridge and to the left. The second painting is the view when one crosses the bridge and turns right.
Yorkshire Dales National Park in Northern England is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that I was fortunate to visit. It is noted for its lack of light pollution which allows for brilliant colors to reflect in the landscape. It is simply spectacular.