My Watercolour Highlights of 2016

Happy Christamas and Best Wishes for 2017!

It has been a great year for us and I hope you too have enjoyed the Year and also this blog.

Retired life is good and our now 4 Grandchildren and their parents are a continuous joy.

In this post I am revisiting some of my favourite watercolours of this year, which have originated in our travels around the World and visits around the UK. I have picked just seventeen, from around 50 paintings completed in the year.

Here is a reprise which I hope you will enjoy. For me this indulgent post is such a great reminder of the year.

I hope that you enjoy the Season and the New Year.

Many thanks for reading my blog, it is your responses and views that make it such fun.

All the best

Brian

January  — Crillon-Le-Brave in Provence

Although we travel a lot in Provence we have yet to visit Crillon, maybe in 2017. A bit of artistic licence in this painting!

Crillon Le Brave

February. The joy of some winter sun in Mauritius and the fun of painting while lying on a lounger at the beach at Le Touessrok Shangi La Hotel!

The Beach at Le Touessrok Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

The Beach at Le Touessrok Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

March.  Painting at home a favourite view from our many visits to Northern Ireland. Fair Head on the Antrim coast seen from the beach at Ballycastle.

Fair Head

April.

Near us in Kent is Rochester and the River Medway. This painting is a “time travel” painting taking us back to 1937 (even before my time!) when the Sunderland Flying boats were being built at Rochester. So here is a Short’s Sunderland flying boat over Rochester.

Rochester in 1937

May

With memories of a great weekend in Amsterdam with friends still fresh in my mind I finished these two paintings of  this fine and fascinating city.IMG_2653

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June

With the arrival of our new granddaughter in May local-ish travel led us to Malden in Essex. This painting , a new size for me is 19 inches by 8, but suits the scene quite well.

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July

Back in France and a chance to paint in the sun , from sketches and photos. The trip from St Maxime by boat to St Tropez is the best way to get there. Lunch at the Mazarin under the green awning and then a painting of this quiet back water of St Tropez. A delightful day out!

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August

More paintings in Provence An evening scene and big J Class yachts in St Tropez harbour.

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September

Two paintings for friends this month, one of Great Dixter in Sussex, and the second of J Class yachts sailing off the Isle of Wight. I am glad they liked them!

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J Class yachts racing at the Isle of Wight David and meg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

A visit to Rye inspired this painting of Camber castle, built in the time of Henry VIII but now just a ruin. Rye in the background. Also locally the beautiful Leeds Castle here in KentCamber castle

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November

I like to read the excellent Bernard Cornwell historical fiction books, some of which feature Bebanburg Castle,now Bamburg Castle. Again in the wider format to highlight the vast beach and sky!Bamburgh castle

 

December

This month I have been painting some scenes of Venice from my photos and a painting from a photo taken by Mitch Zeissler ( thanks for the permission, Mitch) showing the Mission Mountains of Montana, which was the subject of my previous post.Della salute

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It has been a busy year painting ( and these are only some!) so I do hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my 2016 efforts.

Seasons greetings and Best wishes for 2017

Brian

 

 

 

 

 

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About brianswatercolours

After spending 40 years in Aerospace I now enjoy painting watercolours of our travels around the world. I also paint for others who would like reminders of there favourite places. Most of my paintings are painted from photos that I have taken, or taken by others. This blog shows some paintings from Yvonne's and my travels together.

Posted on December 13, 2016, in Antrim Coast, England, France, Le Touessrok in Mauritius, Paintings from our travels, Provence, Seascapes, Sunderland Flying Boat, The Cote d'Azur, Travels with a Brush, Watercolours and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Brian, all lovely pieces – my favourites are March (Northern Ireland – where we visited in 2015 to visit the Irish relatives who took us up to the northern coast – Giant’s Causeway, etc.), May (Amsterdam – where we have yet to visit), and August (Provence – where we are planning a trip sometime in the next year or so).
    I was also interested to read that you enjoy Bernard Cornwell as I do – I have read (and watched) all of the Sharpe series and have started on some of Cornwell’s other works though I must confess that of late I have been neglecting them. We traveled through Northumberland on our trip this past September but did not have time to take the detour to the castle.

    A very Merry Christmas and the joys of the season to you and yours!

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  2. Hi Kathryn
    Thanks for such nice comments, I hope you enjoy your future trips,if I can advise you please let me know,we so enjoy the Côte d’Azur as well as the other places
    Best wishes for the New Year
    Brian

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  3. You should pick your top 12 and make calendars for Christmas gifts – I’m sure your family would love them!! Happy New Year!

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