An Acrylic Water-Colour painting developed from a pencil Drawing made on site in the early Summer of 1992.
I was very busy in this year, doing a huge round of local landscape sketching and painting, and precious little if any of them were photographed. Towards the right of this picture and out of sight above the tree-line is Water Tower Hill, where I drew the Water Tower in 1982.
Out of sight just behind the last cherry tree to the far left, is a walled flower and herb garden that I used to visit often, picking many of the herbs to take home for culinary usage. The herb garden ends where you see the shed. Further down still, stepping to the right of the cherry tree with the waste basket attached left, and down way past the huge beech tree, are the Hard surface Tennis Courts on which I often played tennis with various old friends years ago.
I still have the racket and tennis balls tucked away in a corner with an old nylon string guitar.
Behind and out of sight over my left shoulder is the famous Coombe Cliff House, where I attended Evening classes for Art and Design in 1957 when I was 15 and in the same year was awarded the Nicholas Franklyn Scholarship Award of Art for Creative Art activities.
For me, Coombe Cliff is full of memories, including an interlude under the stars with a girl called Sally, who I met singing at the 2i’s coffee bar with the Castaways under the stage name of Chas Deane in 1963, and there are many more memories than I have described here. I’d say it’s a biographically significant place for me to make an art study of.
Dave Draper March 2014