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January 2013

Alexandria Street 13, Egypt

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Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Alexandria has to be one of my favourite subjects for watercolour - it's perfect for the medium with the light, the contrasts between light and dark, and perfect compositions with the typical street scenes.  I'll have to go back some time and take hundreds more reference photos cuz I'm running out.

 


Cadeques 5

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Landscape Watercolour of Cadeques, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The Casino L'Amistat in Cadeques, a cultural and heritage centre for the town. And more of an unusual view, looking at the side of this large square white neoclassical building from across the square, and the dominating bell tower of the Santa Maria church high up on the hill in the background.

 


Montpellier Walk, Cheltenham

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Landscape Watercolour of Cheltenham, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The Montpellier area of Cheltenham characterised by 19th century attractive villas and terraces, backing onto the surrounding spacious Montpellier Gardens - a lovely open space near the centre of the city.  The area now has a very much continental flavour, with its cafĂ© culture, chic bars, bistros and outdoor seating areas in the Summer months.  

 


Santa Maria Church, Cadeques

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Landscape Watercolour of Cadeques, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

With a commanding view over Cadeques, stands the 16th century white-washed Santa Maria Church.  The original church was destroyed by the infamous Turkish pirate Barbarossa.  The 'new' church has many ties with Salvador Dali with pieces of his work inside.  And being so high up above the town, there's a pretty challenging walk up to it through the narrow streets, but the views are well worth it.

 


Marazion, Cornwall

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Landscape Watercolour of Cornwall, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Marazion a pretty seaside town close to Penzance in Cornwall. Marazion is cornish for little market' and claims to be one of the oldest towns in the UK after Colchester. It's got a great location and lovely views over the bay to the nearby St Michaels Mount, another popular tourist attraction.

 


Entrance to the Souk El Had, Agadir, Morocco

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Landscape Watercolour of Agadir, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The Eastern entrance to the main municipal market in Agadir, the Souk El or Al Had - a very large covered market selling everything from spices , veg, clothing to electrical goods.  If you're an animal lover, don't go near the livestock area of the market - you'll come across loads of live chickens ready for sale.  If you go to the Souk by Taxi, don't ask for the Market as they'll most likely take you to the local carpet and craft store for a hard sell.  But the Souk's a great place to wander and do some haggling.

 

 


Piazza Yenne, Cagliari, 2

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Landscape Watercolour of Cagliari, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The Piazza Yenne is one of the most important squares of Cagliari located at the end of the Largo Carlo Felice in the centre of town. By day it's a popular spot for tourists visiting the citadel or the old town and by night it's a busy meeting place for locals.

 


Pont de Pedra, Girona, 4

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Landscape Watercolour of Girona, 11" x 15" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The lovely old pedestrian bridge in Girona joining the two halves of the city and my attempt to catch the afternoon sunshine lighting up the reds and ochres of the majestic old buildings which line the side of the river.  The bridge had lovely ornate street lamps and I managed to get a couple of those in.

 


Cadeques Spain 4

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Landscape Watercolour of Cadeques Spain, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The bay in the pretty seaside town of Cadeques, Spain, looking up to the misty tops of the Peni Mountain. Cadeques is extremely well sheltered with a range of mountains (the Cap de Creus) protecting it form the North and the West, but makes for an interesting and twisty drive into town. One thing that sets Cadaques apart from so many other towns along the Costa Brava is that its natural setting and rustic buildings have been untouched by mass tourism.

 


Road to Uludag, Turkey

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Landscape Watercolour of Uludag, Turkey, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Paper 140 lbs

Uludag a very popular ski resort in the winter, but in the summer it's a wonderful drive up the windy road from nearby Bursa to the summit.   Along the way you pass traditional villages and many road-side vendors selling local produce of Olive Oil and Nuts.