|The View from Richmond Hill by Alison Staite|
I was absolutely delighted to receive a watercolour painting of the view from the top of Richmond Hill from Alison.
This is an absolutely classic landscape view. So much so that it's actually the only view of a landscape in the UK that is protected by an Act of Parliament - the Richmond, Ham and Petersham Open Spaces Act passed in 1902 - to protect the land on and below Richmond Hill and thus preserve the fine foreground views to the west and south. This might possibly have had something to do with the fact that Sir Joshua Reynolds who was President of the Royal Academy of Arts used to have his home in a large house at the top of Richmond Hill and this was the view from his house! Plus Turner painted this view. It's certainly been painted by a lot of other artists since - and now that list includes Alison.
I know you loved views and vistas so it seemed appropriate for you!Then I remembered that I'd had in mind to do the same view for her when her turn came round - so I guess I'm going to have think of something else now! :)
Alison has gone for an extended landscape format and she describes it as a rather oversized postcard. She has painted the view on khadi which is a handmade cotton rag paper with an interesting deckle edge.
It was the first time I'd tried it for sketching, so what with all the greens to mix and an unfamiliar paper I was way out of my comfort zone. The paper is really good fun though and I'll definitely be having another go. I need Robyn's help so I can make a proper bound sketchbook out of it.Looks to me like Alison has had a great time and I certainly recognised the view straight out of the envelope!