5:21 PM August 30, 2022
09:21 August 31, 2022
Artist James Merriott visits the pretty town of Manningtree on the River Stour
In 2008, I made my first visit to Manningtree to find the subject of my first Essex life feature on the city. I was captivated by everything I found there; in particular the wide estuary of the Stour with its river craft anchored in the water or at the edge of the muddy water.
I love painting the muddy Essex coastline, and we are privileged to have around 350 miles of it. Mud reflects light and can reveal shimmering highlights or the darker colors of purple, crimson and mauve – giving me the opportunity to pack the color. Painting seascapes can be a downfall for watercolorists, ending up in a muddy watercolor that leaves the finished paint yellowish and ineffective.
On a brighter note, the leafy banks of the Stour contributed so much to the overall beauty, while the stately architecture in and around the High Street gave me wonderful variation in this feature. I hope you find it enjoyable.
THE MANNINGTREE SWANS
Not only the graceful swans but also the ever-present geese and ducks at the water’s edge.
THE WHITE BOAT
How I like to find boats perfectly positioned at rest.
Leaving the High Street at this corner you will have a full view of the Stour Estuary.
STOUR SAILING CLUB
Great location and with a balcony – handy for viewing the yachts.
THE BLUE COTTAGE
Blue cottage with a blue door accented with blue pots on the steps. Red and yellow flowers warm up the scene.
THE BLUE BOAT
The focal point blue boat, complemented by well-placed surrounding craft.
You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood, CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210 728 to make an appointment.