Recent Sales

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Malpas, Cornwall

I have sold these  original paintings during the last few weeks.

Ferris

Ferris Cottage, Trelissick, Cornwall

These two paintings of Cornwall were bought by a collector in England who visited the county on holiday last year.

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San Pedro

I sold this watercolour  of San Pedro to a Spanish vistor to Las Negras during Semana Santa.

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Almond Blossom in Andalucia

This painting of Almond Blossom in Andalucia has been bought on line by a collector in Cornwall, England.

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The Coast from San Pedro

This sketch of San Pedro has been bought on line by a collector in England who has a holiday home in Malaga.

 

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Affordable Art

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The Coast from San Pedro

I have only sold a few of my original paintings locally here in Las Negras. The resident population is tiny and, although we receive many visitors to our village and the Parque Natural, my watercolours are unfortunately too expensive for most of them. My standard watercolours are relatively large and contain a lot of work and detail. It takes me almost a week, working a few hours each weekday, to complete one painting so I need to charge about 200 euros unframed. Collectors on line from the USA and the UK are happy to pay this price for my original work but few of them are interested in paintings of where I live.

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Cottage at San Pedro

There is so much to paint around here and the light and colors are superb so I have decided to enjoy myself painting local scenes but in a way that the originals will be more affordable.

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Boats at Las Negras

By painting slightly smaller watercolours and using a more free style I have found that I can produce the paintings more quickly and therefore am able to sell them for only 50 euros. This is without compromising the quality of the work and still utilising the finest watercolor paper and professional paints. Here are the first sketches of Las Negras and San Pedro in the new style. I hope you like them

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The Entrance

You can also see my work on http://margaretmerrypaintings.wordpress.com

All enquiries mmerry44@ymail.com

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Save the Pitas

Bee Eaters

Bee Eaters

We understand that the authorities want to destroy the agaves (pitas) in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata where I live because they regard them as an invasive species not indigenous to the area. Our local paper has an article about this today.
Opponents of this, including myself, see the agave as a symbol of the Parque Natural and Almeria. Also, I have observed that they play an important role in supporting local birdlife. When the stems of the pitas shoot up from their spiky leaves, they produce clusters of vivid yellow-green flowers. These attract hosts of insects which, in turn, attract birds. Even when the plants have died, the woody stems offer perches for birds in what is a semi-arid and mostly treeless zone. Birds which I have seen in agaves include bee eaters, little owls, shrikes, hoopoes and great spotted cuckoos.
My pastel painting of bee eaters perched on an agave in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata illustrates my point.

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Recent Sales

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Puertas Azules

These are the original paintings I have sold so far this year. This watercolor of my neighbour, Ute’s garden in Las Negras has been sold to a collector in Cornwall, England.

Chapel-Porth

Chapel Porth

This acrylic painting of Chapel Porth beach in Cornwall, England has been sold to a collector in London.

Burros

Dos Burros

This acrylic painting of my neighbour, Miguel’s donkeys in Las Negras has been sold to a couple from Scotland.

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Walsingham Place, Truro

This watercolour of Walsingham Place, Truro, Cornwall has been bought by a collector in Canada.

All enquiries mmerry44@ymail.com

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Woman Painter of the Year 2015

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El Rincon de Manuel

Women artists earlier this month were invited to enter two paintings in this on line art competition. 146 artist’s submitted 290 paintings. I entered two very different paintings. The one above, El Rincon de Manuel, was voted second in the competition. It is a watercolour of my neighbour, Manuel, sitting in a corner of his farmyard on his finca in Las Negras.

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Carmen

My second entry, Carmen, was voted third just two votes behind my other work. This is one of my favourite pastel studies of a nude. The combined votes of my two winning paintings were well above the other competitors.

Both paintings have previously won first prize in other contests and are for sale. Enquiries – mmerry44@ymail.com

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The Belly Dancer

Hiedra

Hiedra

My pastel of Hiedra has just won first prize in the on line art contest “The Belly Dancer”.  Hiedra lives in Orgiva but is a regular vistor to Las Negras and I painted this on her last visit when she peformed in El Brindi Negro.

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Children’s Stories of the Alhambra

Illustration from Stories of the Alhambra

Illustration from Stories of the Alhambra

I have been asked by an old established publisher in Lahore, Pakistan to illustrate a book of short stories about Granada and the Alhambra during the time it was a kingdom of the Moors. I am not certain I will undetake this project but I have produced a sample illustration for one of the stories.
It is not an easy task as I have to research many details including costumes and recreate the Alhambra and Granada as it would have been in the 14th Century.
I would welcome any comments regarding this and my illustration which is watercolour.

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