Watercolor Paintings of My First Trip to the Cotswolds.

A watercolor painting of a very Idyllic place called Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds. Painted during the summer.

"Idyllic England" ・  Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds ・ 24.2 x 33.3 cm (9.5" x 13") ・  $250 ・ 

I was born in England, but it was only at age 46 that I first visited the Cotswolds.

It was, as I was hoping, really beautiful.

In fact, it was so beautiful that it didn’t really feel like England.

It was like the dream you’ve had of an old England before the industrial revolution, the motor ways and the housing estates.

A watercolor painting of the main street in Broadway, Cotswolds at evening time, during the summer.

"The Charm of a Cotswolds' Street at Evening Time" ・  Broadway, Cotswolds ・ 31.8 x 41 cm (12.5" x 16") ・ $350 ・ 

One of my favorite places was called Upper Slaughter - a strange name I know. The place though was simply idyllic. The painting at the top is from that place.

We stayed at a very old hotel in Stow-on-the Wold where the floorboards were so warped that the TV set leaned to one side.

A watercolor painting of a very dramatic and beautiful building in Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds at evening time, during the summer.

"Beautiful Architecture" ・  Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds ・ 24.2 x 33.3 cm (9.5" x 13") ・  $350 ・ 

In the evening we looked for a restaurant and found that the best one was full - never forget to book.

And one of the most enjoyable moments was visiting the bar of the hotel. The place exuded such a strong feeling of warmth, snugness and tradition - it could almost have been the The Green Dragon Inn from The Lord of the Rings.

A watercolor painting of a Cotswolds' pub with a wonderful atmosphere of warmth, comfort and tradition in Stow-on-the-Wold.

"A Traditional, Warm, English Pub" ・  Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds ・ 31.8 x 41 cm (12.5" x 16") ・ $350 ・ 

It seems that a lot of Americans also love this old England, I’d never seen so many before.

​I hope that one day I’ll go again.

​Have you ever been here? What did you think?

Thanks for reading and God bless you, Gareth.​

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Jane Howard says July 5, 2017

These are such delightful pictures. I am constantly inspired by your work. My parents had their honeymoon at the Lygon Arms in Broadway!

    Gareth says July 7, 2017

    Thank you Jane. What a lovely place to have a honeymoon. I still owe my wife a honeymoon!

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