Clovelly Rose Cottage
An open edition giclee print. 22 x 14.5 inches approximately
I painted this from life standing on the steep cobbled street in Clovelly with my easel lashed to the wall and my faithful golden retriever Bramble by my side. Clovelly is a very popular place for tourists to visit, one of whom was a lady terrified of heights who was clinging to the wall on her way down to the harbour. She plucked up her courage to go around my easel, canvas, palette and Bramble but lost her nerve half way and made a desperate grab for anything in reach, which happened to be my palette of wet oil paints. Unfortunately her hands, face and dress finished up covered in every colour of the rainbow!!
The cottage had a magnificent rose covering its wall and I have included my son and daughter in the painting looking out over Bideford Bay. Beneath is the ancient harbour, sheltered from south westerly gales and protected from the Atlantic seas by a fourteenth century harbour wall. The circular hole in the building by the harbour is a lime kiln where limestone was burnt with coal to convert it to lime which was spread on the fields to correct the natural acidity or it was used to lime-wash the buildings - like Rose Cottage.