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I wanted to make sure that my Cobblestone Lane Collection would take us into a perfect little English village, so I went to my sketchbook and brought out some memories. There it was – a mossy Medieval footbridge spanning a babbling brook with ancient stone buildings hugging a cobbled lane.The village is Castle Combe in England’s Wiltshire District. Nanette and I discovered it during our wanderings over the British countryside, and fell in love.
We’re by no means the only admirers of Castle Combe; it may be the most visited and photographed village in all of England. I’ve added some romantic touches: the varied textures of stone at dusk and the dance of reflected lights on the stream has, I pray, created a mood that is timeless beyond the mere physical features of the village. I suppose that’s why I’m a painter, not a photographer.
With this second painting in my Cobblestone Lane Collection, I feel like I am getting to know the people who live in this quaint English village. I can begin to see the patterns in their lives, as they do good, honest work during the day, enjoying supper in the evening, or stroll to church on Sunday. Since Castle Combe is a real place, I get a deeper sense of history here. Generations of families living here now and ancestors going all the way back to the original builders of the Medieval bridge. Just looking at this place where they live, brings a peaceful smile to my heart.
By the way, if my Cobblestone Brooke looks familiar, it may be that you’ve seen it in movies – this quaint English village was the setting for the famous Dr. Doolittle movie of some years back. And what could be more English than Dr. Doolittle?
- Thomas Kinkade has hidden twelve N’s in Cobblestone Brooke in his continued loving tribute to his wife Nanette.
- Cobblestone Brooke is the second release in Thom’s Cobblestone Lane Collection. He has taken us down the quaint pathway first introduced in Cobblestone Lane, to the midst of a perfect little English village.
- The lights from the ancient stone buildings cast a romantic glow on the water below. The cumbrous stone bridge stands stalwart, connecting the villagers on both sides of Cobblestone Brooke.
- The English gardens are in full bloom, lending color and new life to the timeless presence of the ancient stone bridge; and in a canvas size of 24″ x 36″ …it is large enough to invite you in to this magnificent village scene.
- Also inspired by Castle Combe, this charming English village was the setting for the movie Dr. Doolittle.
|Subject Location||Castle Combe in the Wiltshire District, England|
|Collection||Cobblestone Lane II|
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