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  • Writer's pictureMike Hayward

Embracing Nature's Beauty - Wotton Art Exhibition 2023

Welcome to my artistic world and my passion for capturing the essence of nature and its breathtaking beauty. As a postgraduate history of art student turned retiree, I have found solace and fulfilment in the realm of creativity. In this blog, I will take a closer look at three mesmerizing paintings that will transport you to different realms of natural wonder: "St Edwards Church, Stow-on-the-Wold," "Westonbirt Arboretum," and "Winter Sunrise."

St Edwards Church, Stow-on-the-Wold: A Doorway to the Past

St Edwards Church gouache painting

Step into history with this captivating gouache painting of St Edwards Church, Stow-on-the-Wold. This ancient door, framed by majestic trees, invites you to ponder the stories and memories that lie within its weathered facade. Each brushstroke brings to life the centuries-old architecture, echoing the whispers of time. This artwork serves as a poignant reminder of the beauty and resilience of the past, immortalized on paper.

Westonbirt Arboretum: Dancing Shadows in Sunlight

Westonbirt Arboretum gouache painting

A mesmerizing interplay of light and shadows awaits you in my painting of Westonbirt Arboretum. The dappled sunlight filtering through the dense canopy creates a symphony of colours and textures on the forest floor. With every stroke, I have tried to capture the energy and life that thrives within this arboreal haven. The scene beckons you to explore the beauty of nature and find serenity in the play of sunlight and shadows.

Winter Sunrise: A New Beginning

Winter sunrise gouache painting

In this evocative gouache painting, a serene winter sunrise emerges from behind bare trees, symbolizing hope and renewal. The gentle glow of the rising sun casts a warm embrace over the wintry landscape, creating an atmosphere of tranquillity and promise. This artwork reminds us that even in moments of stillness and dormancy, nature holds the promise of new beginnings.

Artistic Expression and Medium

My artistic journey has led to an exploration of gouache, a medium that allows for rich pigments and precise detailing. Each stroke is meticulously crafted to convey the emotion and atmosphere unique to each scene. In addition to gouache paintings, I also paint landscapes in acrylic, demonstrating versatility and a deep connection to nature's ever-changing moods.

Pricing and Framing:

As an art enthusiast, at the Wotton Art Exhibition 2023, you have the opportunity to own these stunning pieces at an accessible price of £65 each. Each painting comes framed, ready to adorn your living spaces with its natural allure and artistic charm.


Step into the enchanting world of my artwork, where history, nature, and emotion unite in harmonious strokes. These paintings of St Edwards Church, Stow-on-the-Wold, Westonbirt Arboretum, and Winter Sunrise are an invitation to reconnect with the beauty of the world around us. Embrace the richness of nature and the power of art! I hope you feel inspired and eager to experience these paintings in person at the Wotton Art Exhibition 2023. Don't miss the opportunity to make these exquisite artworks a part of your collection.

Wotton Art Exhibition 2023 Time & Location

Under the Edge Arts The Chipping Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7AD

Saturday 12 August, 09:00 – 20:00

Sunday 13 Aug, 09:00 – 16:00

Under the Edge Arts

The Chipping


GL12 7AD

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