Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 15/12/2014

” That’s How I Became a Painter … “


“I associate my careless boyhood with all that lies on the banks of the Stour. Those scenes made me a painter and I am grateful “.

John Constable ( 1776-1837 )

John Constable faithfully immortalised the beauty in his paintings over 200 years ago.He used translucent colour  to give brightness to the shadows and created a sense of the feel of the place. Now,I could clearly see in real his realism,the beauty of the area surrounding his home,the natural light and the white-topped clouds rolling over the blue skies and suggesting sunshine …

Can you sense the beauty ... ?

Can anybody see the beauty … ?

Can you sense the beauty ... ?

Ever-changing cloudscapes

River Stour & Romanticism

The River Stour & Romanticism

Constable Country Scenes and Romanticism :
Walking in the footsteps of a great artist and musing by the River Stour and the Dedham Vale.Mesmerised by the Outstanding Natural Beauty of the English lowland scapes.The area has a rich history and has been the inspiration to many writers and artists.
I had seen the beauty of the area only in Galleries and now,it was spreading real in front of my very eyes …

Natural Beauty & Idyllic Scapes

Natural Beauty & Idyllic Scapes

Open spaces with scenic watermeadows and ever-changing skies,the Essex countryside is rich in Outstanding Natural Beauty ! The Dedham Vale and Stour Valley environ one of the most scenic and charming landscapes.

Birds resting on limbs above the River Stour

Birds resting on limbs above the River Stour

Lovely quaint villages,rivers,meadows,lowland scapes,fascinating local attractions,quiet roads and inviting tracks,make exploring an unforgettable experience ! John Constable faithfully immortalised the beauty and his techniques paved the way for Monet and the French Impressionists .

Naturalistic Brushstroke & Open Spaces

Naturalistic Brushstroke & Scenic Watermeadows

Dedham is an idyllic old English country village in Essex,situated on the banks of the River Stour.The main street in Dedham is charming with a cluster of  half-timbered houses and Georgian and Tudor town houses lining the road … I also loved the old cottages and the thatched sixteenth century cottages spread all over the Constable Country .

Lovely Georgian Houses

Lovely Georgian Houses

With the Charm of the Old ...

With the Charm of the Old …

Fascinating Thatched Houses

Scenic Thatched Houses & plenty of Local Colour

Bedham Quiet Roads & Old Houese

Dedham Quiet Roads & Old Houses

Bedham Charming Houses & Wondrful Facades with plenty of Local Colour

Dedham Charming Houses with Stunning Facades

Cozily Nestled in the Lusg Greenery

Cozily Nestled in the Lush Greenery

Constable Country & Watermeadows

Constable Country & Watermeadows

There is also a magnificent Historic Church on the High Street in Dedham,with Constable connections (inside is Constable’s Ascension ) ,which is one of the great churches of northern Essex. It’s St Mary’s Parish Church,a 15th century rebuilding of an earlier medieval church which existed at least as early as 1322.

St Mary the Virgin built in 1492

St Mary the Virgin built in 1492

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St Mary's dominates the High Street of Dedham

St Mary’s dominates the High Street of Dedham

Strolling up the High Street you can’t miss the medieval Sun Inn,a 15th-century village coaching inn revitalised as a popular gastro pub where you receive the best English hospitality.A resty post for travellers for centuries and still much the same these days.

what about a pint of crafy beer or a meal ? !!!!!!!

what about a pint of craft beer or a meal ? !!!!!!!

What about a pint of craft beer or a meal ? Or a cup of traditional cream tea ? I love the scones and the clotted cream … I kept my eyes peeled for The Essex Rose,a charming old-fashioned Tea House,a real English Rose …

What about a cup of tea or coffeee ? !!!!!

What about a cup of tea or coffee ? !!!!!

A 16th century Tea House in the centre of Dedham, the heart of Constable Country.A fine timber-framed building looking out across Royal Square and towards the church.

It’s not only the unspoilt countryside along the River Stour and the memorable views over the Dedham Vale,it’s also tradition and style that have changed very little since Constable’s time … It’s the epitom of rural England as captured by the artist on his canvas.

Oh and Those Blues that meet The Greens & They Make Paintings …

The perfect place for artists and photographers,the true Constable Country with scenes that captivate and inspire,scenes where the Blues meet the Greens and they make Paintings …

the mirror of nature ...

the mirror of nature …

Blues meeting the greend and making paintings ...

Blues meeting the Greens and making Paintings …

The Blues & Greens of the Constable Country

The Blues & Greens of the Constable Country

Constable Country & Naturalistic Brushstroke ...

Constable Country & Naturalistic Brushstroke …

Reflections and Constable Country treasured moments … Don’t ask me why I so much like the uniqueness of the very English countryside and the mirror of nature on paintings … Only ask yourselves who painted nature …

And what about a cup of tea or coffee in The Essex Rose,my friends?

The Essex Rose Tea House

The Essex Rose Tea House

Thanks kindly for dropping by ….

PS : Catching up still remains an unfulfilled dream … I clear out 10 emails,and then another 20 arrive … A discouraging,chaotic situation with some Thousands of emails still waiting … I don’t even dare to publish new posts,thinking that my problem will become even worse …  It’s time though to publish some posts before 2015 arrives … Thanks kindly for your understanding  my WordPress friends and for coming by for a cup of tea … I’ ll soon visit you again and enjoy your remarkable work.

 

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Responses

  1. gorgeous photos – and an inspiring post

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    • Can’t thank you enough my friend ! Have a wonderful day 🙂 xxx

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  2. Green everywhere..nice pictures my friend …

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  3. You are a great photographer Doda. And this post is proof of your delicate handling of landscapes.

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    • Blushed … Maria … I am an amateur photographer,I usually shoot without applying any specific techniques and I mostly focus on the subject I’m interested in.Thanks anyway,my friend 🙂

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  4. The lovely descriptions pair with the photos beautifully, Doda! We are so lucky to have your wonderful posts 🙂 ❤

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    • Thanks a million times over my dear Christy for your approving comment and your kindest words! I’m just an amateur blogger doing it for fun … and simply for pleasure.I am lucky I have found you,my friend and I do enjoy your most thoughtful and professional posts 🙂 ❤

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  5. Lovely post Doda, it was lovely seeing your messages you’re right it’s so hard to keep up with e-mail notifications.
    Best wishes
    Charlotte

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    • Thank you my sweet Charlotte for liking the Constable Country post and for taking notice of my footnote … I give up,impossible to manage each time I come back from my holidays (:
      Have a lovely festive season ! Doda 🙂

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your impressions and the amazing photos with us. And thank you for introducing John Constable.
    Have a happy holiday season.
    XOXO Julia ❤

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    • So delighted you enjoyed it dear Julia ! Thanks a million times my friend ! Have a very Happy & Enjoyable holiday season too 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  7. On one of my visits to England some friends took me to Constable Country… this brought back beautiful memories of our day there. Thanks for the lovely photos.

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    • Really ? How nice I stirred up sweet memories ! I so much like Essex and the surrounding areas ! Lovely places,indeed ! Thanks ever so much for coming by 🙂

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  8. Stunning post dear Doda… Remarkable photographs over here!.
    I am wishing you the very best. Happy weekend ahead. Aquileana 😀

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    • Thanks ever so much for dropping by and for liking my Constable Country post.Happy oncoming weekend 🙂

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  9. It is wonderful to hear from you and see this fabulous post. I adore your pictures. It’s just the kind of English countryside I’ve dreamed about. So beautiful. I used to think I would move to a place like that then I realized it gets cold there! 😛 I’m such a wimp! 😆 Sending wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! ❤

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    • Why thank you,my lovely Linda for your rich comment and your warm wishes !!! I’m so delighted you enjoyed the Constable Country post and the photos ! Sending you love ❤ and warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with Health & Peace 🙂 ❤

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  10. Such a nice post with lovely pictures. These English landscapes are beautiful and it`s so nice to see you here again dear Doda.
    Have a very happy holiday season. Hugs. 🙂

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    • Hi my sweet friend Aditix ! It’s nice for me too, to see my true WP friends coming by after seeing me posting again.Can’t thank you enouch for your kindness and your comment ! Overjoyed you liked the Constable Country landscapes ! All the best to you,hugs 🙂

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  11. nice and cool place 🙂

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    • Thank you Joshi ! I’m really glad you enjoyed the photos of this lovely place 🙂

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  12. Dear Doda, such a delight to get a post from you again. And what a stunner this was, with the awesome countryside photos, info about John Constable, and ending with a delightful cup of tea. I appreciate your lovely posts whenever they come, and wish you a wonderful holiday, my friend. 😀

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    • Why thank you, dearest friend Jet ! Always consistent,kind and generous with your comments ! You are so respected and respectuful ! So delighted you enjoyed my Constable Country photos and the cup of tea … You know,when I was taking the photo of the birds on the limbs above the river,I was thinking of you and your remarkable nature-related posts ! All the very best to you,my lovely friend 🙂 xxx

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      • I am moved and inspired by your reply, dear Doda, and grateful. I love knowing that I have reached you at the level of enjoying nature in your world, and am humbled by this. I’m smiling as I type…. 😀 😀

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        • Keep smiling … & writing …
          You are so influential my very special friend 🙂

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  13. Oh, Doda, I loved the post and your photos. How I would have loved to have been there with you on this trip! Hugs, Natalie ❤

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    • Oh my Dear and Sweet Lady Natalie !!! How nice to see you coming by and enjoying my Constable Country experience ! I would love to be with you there and I ‘d never,ever ask,who painted nature … I’ve so much missed your inspirational posts with the colourful photos !
      Always a real pleasure to be there !!! Love & hugs to You 🙂 ¸.•♥•.¸ ❤

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  14. Your photos make me so excited to return to the UK in the spring! Loveliness~

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    • So glad you appreciated it dear Cindy ! I’m certain sure your spring visit to UK will be most enjoyable from every point of view ! Thank you my friend for coming by 🙂 xxx

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  15. You are back, my dear Doda!!! I’m so excited and happy, I have to calm and come back and read your post over again… How have you been? ❤ ❤

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    • Oh my dearest and sweetest friend Amy ! How nice and kind of you to come by,right away after seeing me posting again… All my WordPress pleasure was lost after coming back from my long summer holidays and I realised that my inbox was,and still is,unmanageable … I want you to know that my thoughts are for ever with you ! You are such a Dear,such a true friend !!! Have a brilliant day my lovely friend,Amy !!! All my love ♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸•♥•.¸¸.•♥•.¸•♥•.to you as always 🙂

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      • I’m back to your beautiful post again. Thank you so much for introducing the village and John Constable painting through your photos and well-written narrative. 🙂 ❤ ❤ xxx

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        • Always thankful for your praiseful comments,overjoyed you enjoyed my Constable Country Journey 🙂
          Sending love and kind thoughts your way ❤ ❤ ❤ :))))

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