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A Pretty Landscape Displayed on Your Walls Can Whisk You Away Like a Mini-Vacation Each Time You Look at It
“Punting on the Magdalen,” River Cherwell at Magdalen College (University of Oxford), Oxford, England – now available in my newest gallery (to the right), European and UK Landscapes, Street Scenes (Full Pastel Color)
“Where is this place?” my friend asked, snatching up the print before I had a chance to show her. “I think I’ve been there before!”
“I wondered if you had,” I smiled, knowing she once traveled quite a bit with her parents. “It’s of England… Magdalen college at Oxford…”
“Oh, I remember walking there… you’ve really caught it.”
“I love that spire,” I said… “and the reflections in the water.” Even though I’ve never been there in person myself, seeing this scene in a photo and putting it to pastel, makes me feel as if I were there too. “Something in all those reflections conjures the feel of music to me too, somehow…”
My mom once visited England – a dream come true for her (and still one of my own) — and one of her most favorite spots was the charming town of Oxford. So this one reminds me of her too… And reading of the wonderful history of the Magdalen college here on the River Orwell sparks the writer and artist in me, like the feel of water spray lightly on your face out on that boat on a sunlit afternoon…
It makes me imagine how famous alumni like C.S. Lewis learned and dreamed and wrote here on this small island located on the grounds of the college. It doesn’t surprise me to read that Lewis loved to take this picturesque path (known as Addison’s walk and thought to have originated in the 16th Century), with it’s grand views of the Magdalen Tower and Bridge – Oxford landmarks — considering it a favorite meeting place with his fellows such as J. R. R. Tolkien.
I love reading how it has been a tradition of over 500 years for the college choir to sing the hymn “Hymnus Eucharisticus” from atop Magdalen Tower at 6 a.m. every May Morning (May 1st, annually) — kicking off a celebration event with large crowds attending daytime festivities and evening balls. And that the choir also sings the Choral evensong at chapel there every evening of the year, except Mondays.
The photo I found was taken in current days, but I smiled at the attire of the young man and woman in the punting boat I included here – dressed as days of old, he sported a straw hat and old fashioned white coat, she a fancy English bonnet and gown (I added the parasol), upholding the history and charm of the setting. And the tradition continues with the Magdalen Bridge Boat Tours where tourists can sign up for punting on the Magdalen themselves or by boatman guide. A lovely way to spend an hour raves a recent traveler there in a five star comment given online…
Vintage Postcard of Magdalen
Whether you are a world traveler, or simply love to dream of such someday journeys to beautiful lands we’ve seen in movies and read of in favorite books —
I’m loving how working on new additions here in my European and UK Landscapes, Street Scenes (Full Pastel Color) makes me feel as if I am there in these beautiful spots — and I hope they inspire a little daydreaming in you too!
Enough so that you’d like to add one of these prints to your walls – and enjoy a bit of a whisk away to quintessential England each time you see it in your home? 🙂
Or maybe you have a favorite photo of a cherished trip you’d like put to portrait?
If so… email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk sizes and prices that fit for you… *
And please take a tour through more scenes of England and Italy here, with more added all the time… European and UK Landscapes, Street Scenes (Full Pastel Color)
Happy Summer Days in Pen and Ink, Pencil or Pastel Style Story!
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Do you have any vintage family photos that might make special portraits? I’d love to see them. If I do a drawing from your photo, I will gift you with a mini-print of that piece.
I’m especially interested in photos taken of young women or men of the 30’s or 40’s who kept the “home fires burning” (as described in my story above) or children of that era
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