Preparing a Painting of Shere Village in the Surrey Hills

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This is a view of Shere Village with its medieval church

Shere stands amongst the Surrey Hills and on the River Tillingbourne. Hard to imagine that in the c13-c15 it was industrial, producing woollen cloth. Today it is idyllic, like a postcard, attracting visitors from far and wide

I have been given an exhibition slot at the Royal Surrey Hospital, for July 2017, which does sound a long way off, but now starts the long slow build-up of exhibits. I need at least twelve that I haven’t shown before, so although I have some, I still want some more in reserve

I haven’t painted Shere for many years and then not from this angle. I think I can make something from this photograph, but for starters all these cars must go. I do sometimes put cars in, but in this case they are just hiding anything attractive. I shall probably broaden the composition by taking in more of the building on the left. I do also want some figures in the foreground looking towards the church, which will be a focal point.

The figures will be from my sketch book. I have drawn them free-hand from the screen, and will transpose them onto the drawing of the village street later. I will leave some pictures of the drawing and will post again when I have done some painting

Sketches of Figures

This is the page from my sketchbook. Figures kindly modelled by members of my family, although they didn’t know it, as we walked up to the old church.  What I do now, is to trace my sketch, and then slide the tracing around the drawing of the street, until the perspective looks right

Figures transposed to Shere Village scene

and so this is the sketch drawing which in turn will be transposed onto watercolour paper, after which it will be enhanced with more freehand drawing. When I have done that I will post the result

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2 thoughts on “Preparing a Painting of Shere Village in the Surrey Hills

  1. The medieval church sounds interesting. I know this is the era of Google and I’ll probably find everything about it on internet but could you please tell us a bit more about the church’s architecture and design in your next post? Thanks for posting.

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    • The church is c12 although built in a c13 style which I have always found curious. You don’t usually get avant garde architecture in country churches. They tend to lag behind in fashion terms taking their cue from cathedrals and larger churches in towns which would have been influenced by European styles. The church in Shere is in Gothic style , which came in from France. The first recorded Gothic structure was the Abbey of Saint-Denis to the north of Paris
      I will try and include some information about the church when I next post. It does have an interesting history. Not least it was used as a backdrop in a bridget Jones film, for the wedding scene, covered in plastic snow!

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