El Rincon De Manuel

El Rincon de Manuel

El Rincon de Manuel

My watercolor, El Rincon de Manuel,  has just won the on line art contest “A Corner of your Home Town”. I have other paintings of Las Negras but these are of the beach, fishing boats and seafront. I thought this painting showed the more traditional side of our village.

On the edge of Las Negras, in The Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Southern Spain this small traditional farm is where I go to buy fresh vegetables. While I was waiting in the yard I looked at this rustic store shed and thought it would make an interesting subject for a painting. The old door with flaking paint, donkey harnesses hanging off the wall and the usual farmyard junk would be fun to draw. I wanted to include Manuel, the farmer, to add life to the composition so, when he returned from the fields with my broad beans, spring onions and lettuce, I asked him if he would pose on his chair in front of the shed. There is a colony of pale ginger cats on the farm so I decided to include one of these too. A little over fifty years ago there was no paved road to  or mains services in Las Negras. It was just a cluster of little cottages surrounded by small farms and fishing boats on the beach.

There are still a few small farms and fishing boats on the beach in Las Negras but, although we have no high rise buildings, there are now two hotels, several apartment complexes and over 30 bars open during the summer. However, Las Negras has only about 200 permanent residents so, out of season, it is still a charming place.

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Sold four watercolours of Granada last week

Generalife Gardens

Generalife Gardens

I sold four original watercolours of Granada last week. Three have gone to the USA including this painting of the Generalife Gardens.

Patio de la Acequia, Generalife, Granada

Patio de la Acequia, Generalife, Granada

This painting of the Patio de la Acequia is another one that has gone to the USA. It also won an on line art contest – Watercolour of 2015.

The Alhambra from the Mezquita in Summer

The Alhambra from the Mezquita in Summer

The same American collector bought this painting of the Alhambra from the gardens of the Mosque.

The Alhambra from the gardens of the Mosque

The Alhambra from the gardens of the Mosque

Meanwhile the little gallery at the entrance to the Mosque by the Plaza San Nicolas in the Albaicin, Granada sold this painting of the same scene which I painted last winter.

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Sold within 24 hours

Patio de la Acequia, Generalife, Granada

Patio de la Acequia, Generalife, Granada

My latest painting, a watercolour of the Generalife in Granada, was sold to a collector in the USA within 24 hours of completing it. Thousands of people from all over the world visit this beautiful, historic city while touring the great sites of Europe, for a city break holiday or just on an excursion from a holiday on the coast. Also many foreign students attend the famous universities here. The city leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits or stays here and many would cherish a piece of art to remind them of Granada. Two weeks ago I sent two prints of my paintings  of Granada to a client in Mexico and last week I sent a print of the Plaza Nueva to England.

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Lily

Lily

Lily

My pastel of Lily has won the on line art competition, Erotic Nude Drawing. Although I would not regard this study as particularly erotic it should be classified as a drawing rather than a painting as it was executed in artist’s soft pastels. I use the French pastels Sennelier and their special pastel card. This is my 15th art competition win this year.

The original painting is for sale. Contact:- mmerry44@ymail.com

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Cottage with Garden

An Andalucian Patio

An Andalucian Patio

My watercolour, An Andalucian Patio, of my neighbour, Ute’s cottage has won the on line art competition, Cottage with Garden. This is my 14th art competition win this year.

The original painting is for sale. Contact:- mmerry44@ymail.com

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June Gardens

Jardin Las Negras

Jardin Las Negras

My watercolour, Jardin Las Negras, of my neighbour, Ute’s garden has won the on line art competition, Beautiful Gardens – June. There were 389 pieces of artwork in the competition.

The original painting is for sale. Contact:- mmerry44@ymail.com

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La Roja

La Roja

La Roja

I have just sold the original pastel of this nude to a collector from Sweden.

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