Competition: win an original painting from Paglesham, Essex


Published:
15:12 20 July 2022



Join artist James Merriott on a watercolor tour of the quaint seaside village of Paglesham, Rochford

Between the Rivers Roach and Crouch, a few miles north of Southend-on-Sea, lies Paglesham, which is divided into two remote hamlets: Church End and East End. It’s so different from the holiday atmosphere of Southend, it’s like visiting somewhere on the other side of the world.

What Paglesham has in common with its illustrious neighbor is the immense pleasure it provides to those who come to spend a nice day.

Perhaps picturesque is the closest thing to describing the charms of both hamlets. Peaceful, tranquil and scenic is an understatement of what is found here. Plus, the meals served at The Plow and Sail pub are outstanding!

From someone who loves painting historic villages, this is simply the best I’ve found, and it’s almost on my doorstep.


St. Peter’s Church
– Credit: James Merriott

CHURCH OF SAINT-PIERRE

Historic and quiet like all the architecture of the village. A great joy to paint in the secular trees.


Paglesham Old World Cottage

The Old World Cottage
– Credit: James Merriott

THE OLD WORLD COTTAGE

It can only be described as stunningly beautiful. In painting it at home, I used two photographs, one from each end of the cottage.


Former Paglesham Post Office

The old post office
– Credit: James Merriott

THE OLD POST

Red doors with black frames in white siding make a great composition.


Punch Bowl Inn Paglesham

The Punch Bowl Inn
– Credit: James Merriott

PUNCH BOWL INN

Unfortunately not open at the moment. The helpful cemetery gardener told us that “plans to reopen are underway”.


The Paglesham plow and sail

The plow and the sail
– Credit: James Merriott

THE PLOW AND THE SAIL

It’s nice to think that Jamie Oliver’s expertise has its roots in this fabulous hostel. His grandfather was a publican here when he was busy becoming a famous chef.


No 1 The Paglesham Chaseway

#1 The Chaseway
– Credit: James Merriott

N° 1 HUNTING

I found this watercolor difficult. The chalet faces north with the shrubbery overhang contributing to lots of dark tones in the bright sun.

TO WIN

You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood, CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210 728 to make an appointment.

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