I visited the Weald and Downland museum on Monday, which works to conserve vernacular buildings. It is a strange concept - the museum is a 50 acre area of land with around 50 buildings that have been meticulously deconstructed on their original sites, kept in storage (I love the idea of houses kept in storage), then reconstructed on the museum's plot. Often every brick is individually numbered so it can be put back in place. Anyway, a couple of the buildings came from an area that was to be flooded and made into a reservoir, and I was imagining them underwater as I went looking round the museum. When I decided to paint a picture for Oliver's birthday present, I couldn't help but use the idea.
(watercolour and gouache)
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