7 beautiful watercolour paintings of Essex

"Steps to the Church", wonderfully crafted steps were complemented by the lamp

"Steps to the Church", wonderfully crafted steps were complemented by the lamp - Credit: Archant

Essex Life’s resident artist, James Merriott, continues his watercolour tour of Essex

"St. John's Church"

"St. John's Church" - Credit: Archant

This landmark is beautifully positioned at the top of the hill along the main street through the village

"Cottage in Mill Lane"

"Cottage in Mill Lane" - Credit: Archant

A picturesque cottage is enhanced by being set back from the lane

"The Sunlit Porch"

"The Sunlit Porch" - Credit: Archant

Sunlight creating dappled light across the building and white timberwork attracted me to complete this watercolour

"The War Memorial"

"The War Memorial" - Credit: Archant

A superb composition with the memorial at a road junction and the lovely thatched cottage close by was ideal

"Steps to the Front Door"

"Steps to the Front Door" - Credit: Archant

A concentrated view of just part of this cosy cottage seen from the gate within a tall hedge

"The Garden Steps"

"The Garden Steps" - Credit: Archant

In mill lane just opposite the church I saw this and just had to capture the scene – an indication that I love including steps in paintings

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