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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Day in Hopefield








Since I started this blog in April 2009, I have been in the habit of taking photos of "little secret houses" on my travels. I have just painted a house that caught my attention in Hopefield. At first glance it was completely hidden behind a screen of flowers belonging to The Merry Widow Country Inn, a guest house where we stayed the evening after the Gallery opening. Let me tell you about the guest house first.

We were led past a profusion of flowers to a door framed in foliage and flowers. The inside of this "stone cottage" was extremely comfy and we woke up to the pleasant sights, sounds and aromas of a once-a-month farmer's market. We had to choose wonderful fresh bread with farm-made fillings for breakfast! How unique! Just follow my picture story. While having our tasty food, I studied the house I wanted to paint! I hope you like the painting! The small town of Hopefield is filled with such architectural jewels!

24 comments:

  1. A most wonderful painting and I love the man walking in the street. Your bedroom door photo is a painting in and of itself. Gorgeous!

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    1. You are such a wonderful supporter, Sherry. I battle with slow Internet (we live in the sticks). But you are always there with a most generous comment. Yes, that entrance is amazing. In these towns away from the beach everything grows so well.

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  2. A beautiful painting Marie! Will you be painting more of the town? It looks like a lovely place and full of opportunities for more creations.

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    1. Thank you, Barb! Yes, small as it is this town merits another visit!

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  3. Gorgeous views,delectable food...A super local to paint in!
    Love your painting, Marie! I can feel the warm sun.

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    1. So kind of you, Dean! Yes we get such joy out of these pretty small towns!

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  4. Lovely composition and nice, soft palette.

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    1. I am glad you noticed that I have moved to a softer style, Karen!

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  5. Your blog is so unique in the way you tell the story of the area in which you live. You do it in a very colorful way which makes one feel like one knows the characters and the places. You did the house proud.
    Jean

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    1. Thank you for these kind words, Jean!

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  6. Sounds and looks like a very inviting place Marie. I like your painting. Clean and fresh and sunny. And congrats on the sale from the previous post. Hugs...

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    1. Thank you, Cathyann! Ye our little owns are quite pleasant! And thanks for your words!

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  7. I love your art Marie and Hopefield is a beautiful place!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! Hope you will always visit Hopefield, when you travel down here!

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  8. I love the soft colours you have used for your Hopefield (what a delightful name for a town) paintings.

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    1. I am waffling a bit, Joan! I want to go soft and then I want to paint in warmer tones.....restless! Let's see where this goes!

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    1. Thank you, Ioana-Carmen....you have a fun sense of fashion! All the best for your blog!

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  10. My family and I live in Hopefield and it is great that people like you make people out there aware of the little jewels in the country and why we love it so much. Hope all of them will grace us with a visit some day!

    Trust your work will be a blessing to many people!

    Lénieta

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  11. How kind of you to drop by, lenieta! Thank you for your very kind words and hope I can encourage some tourists to visit the lovely town!

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  12. Love the story - love Hopefield! Oh, and that's my little house :)

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    1. I am so behind in recording Hopefield, but will visit on Saturday. We had illness and the family and I have worked on exhibitions. Now it is time to do the hartbeeshuisie!

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  13. ooooo - no, sorry, just looks like mine - or is it mine?? Confusion :)

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    1. Hi Corna, now you have me curious.....shall I knock on the door when I see it again? But if it isn't you who open the door?

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