Pirbright, a paintable village in Surrey

I mentioned in my last post, that I paint regularly with the Pirbright Art Club, and that their next exhibition is on December 5th and 6th

In itself the village is interesting, and has all the ingredients that painters love, a church, a village green with pond, some interesting houses and of course, good pubs

I have painted most of these and they have generally sold well at exhibition. The church is favourite, and my third version was shown in the last post, which will go to exhibition in December. It will probably nose-dive because I said that!

In the churchyard lies the grave of Henry Morton Stanley, the British American explorer who found Dr.Livingstone in 1871 on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, as it was called then. His grave is marked with a massive monolith, with the inscription, amongst other things, Bula Matari or Breaker of Rocks in Congolese. Apparently this referred to his ability to crack problems, no matter how insuperable they appeared

Lord Pirbright's Hall

The painting shown above was of the village hall in Pirbright, which I did in ink as well as watercolour. Ink is a lot of fun, and this reminds me that I haven’t done any for ages, so must give it another go

The other painting is of the church, on one of those rare occasions when we have snow. I sold this last exhibition. I can’t be lucky again

I shall have to cut this post short, as I have to pick up my grand-daughter. I had wanted to talk about the annual scarecrow festival which is impressive, and led to paintings, but will have to keep for next time

Pirbright Church in Winter