Watercolor Painting of Stow-on-the-Wold

Watercolor painting of Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds, England. In this painting I wanted to show a dramatic scene of the last light of the day catching with a warm glow the cross on a tall monument.

"The Final Hour" ・  Stow-on-the-Wold, England ・ 24.2 x 33.3 cm (9.5" x 13") ・  $250 ・

Stow-on-the-Wold is the name of this place.

This is a small town in the Cotswolds. Presently, I am doing many paintings of the Cotswolds as soon I will have an exhibition and half the paintings will be from England and I've decided to focus on the Cotswolds as it is so quintessentially English.

The other half from Japan.

I still need about 5 more and larger than this one.

Although this is an idyllic town what I have painted is perhaps a reflection of my feelings about England.

I've been an expat for about 15 years now and when I go back to England it doesn't feel like home anymore.

It's not just my absence, it's also the dramatic changes in the country.

Christendom is dying in England. Most English perhaps don't care about this I think. 

Perhaps there will be a Christian revival but Christendom which has existed so long in England will I think be lost.

To be honest I think that is a good thing in one sense. Religion and the state should always be separate in my own opinion. And I think even the bible states that.

Still, it is a momentous sea change. It is so true that nothing lasts. So in this painting there is a lament for the end of Christendom in England.

The title for this piece is "The Final Hour". I am not sure if it captures what I've conveyed above. I know it's quite an ominous title.

Do you think it is a good title? If you have any other suggestions then please let me know.

Stay tuned because hopefully some more paintings of the Cotswolds are coming. And hopefully they will be cheerier.

God bless,


PS And also apologies to the folk of Stow-on-the-Wold for painting such a heavy painting of the place where they live - which is an amazingly beautiful place.

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Jane Howard says October 11, 2017

I always enjoy seeing your art and understand your sentiments about the changes in England and loss of the Christian heritage I remember. Your picture certainly expresses that. Title is rather doomsday. Best wishes for your exhibition

    Gareth says October 11, 2017

    Thank you Jane. Doomsday, that’s a great title but might destroy the romantic impression some people have of the painting and who have not read what I wrote. Yes, it’s a sad thing. But still I am hopeful. And thanks for your “best wishes” for the exhibition. I’ve exhibited there a few times. It’s a beautiful place in the Japanese countryside and the owner is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. When I meet him he always tells me he’s a fan of my work and gives me a free cup of his delicious coffee. All the best, Gareth.

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