A Vintage Female Bottom

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Seated Nude

My drawing, Seated Nude, has just won first prize in the FAA on line contest A Vintage Female Bottom. When I saw this contest I remembered this pastel which I painted about seven years ago. As I have not promoted any of my figure studies lately, and never this one, I thought I would enter it. The original was sold some years ago to a collector in Canada. If you would like to view more of my figure studies please look at www.paintingsofnudes.wordpress.com

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Artist of the Month – again

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Rincon de Bornos

My watercolour, Rincon de Bornos, has just won first prize in the on line art competition, Artist Of The Month for July. This is the second time I have entered a painting in this monthly contest – my painting Mediterranean Blue won in May. 125 artists from all over the world submitted a painting to this competition. Rincon de Bornos is a painting of a corner of a patio in the converted old mill of Bornos above the village of Las Negras near my home. A lovely subject to paint with many different tectures, the stone walls, metal bike and chimney, wooden doors and the plants. Lovely colours too and typical Mediterranean plants – vines, cacti, succulents and geraniums. I used a free, sketchy style of watercolour painting for this work.

The original painting is for sale for 110 euros.

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Romance in Granada

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La Iglesia de Santa Ana

After recently selling two paintings of Granada to couples who spent their honeymoon there, I have just sold three more to a couple from Ireland who were married there two weeks ago. The painting above of Iglesia Santa Ana was an obvious choice as they were married tin this lovely church in the Plaza Nueva.

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Shops in the Albaicin

The other two paintings are very different. The collectors did not want the more commercial views of the Granada and the Alhambra but instead chose two paintings which they thought captured the essence of the city. This colourful street scene of shops in the Albaicin was one.

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Rincon de Sacromonte

The third painting was this watercolour of a corner in the old gypsy quarter, Sacromonte. This is one of my most aclaimed and admired watercolours of Granada but, because the subject is not very commercial, it has taken a while to find a buyer.

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Artist of the Month

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Mediterranean Blue

My watercolour, Mediterranean Blue, has just won first prize in the on line art competition, Artist Of The Month. 148 artists from all over the world submitted a painting to this competition. I chose to enter Mediterranean Blue because I painted it this month and I thought this little rincon was an interesting subject. This entrance to a property in my village, Las Negras, is characteristic of the Mediterranean. The sun-blistered blue door, the sharp shapes and shadows formed by the cactus and the palm tree against the intense blue sky combine to form a composition which is very typical of where I live.

The original painting is for sale for 200 euros.

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Commissions and Sales

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Calle Victoria, Granada

I have completed three commissions in the last two weeks. I was asked by a Muslim couple in England for a painting of Granada where they went for their honeymoon last year. They wanted a street scene from the Albaicin with the Alhambra in the background but the paintings on my sites which they liked have all been sold. I offered to paint a watercolour especially for them. They were delighted for me to do this but wanted themselves incorporated into the painting. I completed the painting last week and here it is above.

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St Just – in  – Roseland, Cornwall

I was then asked for a painting of St Just in Roseland church in Cornwall by a couple who had just returned from a holiday in the area. I have painted this lovely old church by a creek many times but all my originals have been sold. I said I would paint another for them. Normally I paint this church from the other side of the creek with more water and boats in the foreground and in sunshine. However, they said that the weather was dull and damp when they came across the church and this angle was their first view of it. They wanted a real reflection of their holiday so here is the painting which I have just completed for them.

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Las Negras, Almeria

I was also asked to do a pastel portrait of a young boy dressed for his first communion. He is the son of restaurant owner in Las Negras but lives with his mother in Almeria so I had to work from a photo. The parents are delighted with the portrait but unfortunately I did not scan it so I cannot show it to you but I have also sold a painting of Las Negras recently so here is this instead.

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Recent Sales

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Malpas, Cornwall

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

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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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