Limited edition print of Browning’s Pool, Maida Vale, London

A painting of Little Venice Maida Vale, London

Limited edition print of Browning’s Pool, Maida Vale, London

22 Jun No Comments

The print of Browings’s Pool is  30cm x 15cm  giclee print not including the white boarder surround.

A bit about Browning’s Pool, Little Venice, London

Maida Vale is an approximately one square kilometre area situated in West London. Like most London areas, they seemed to have packed quite a bit including Little Venice.
Browning’s Pool is at the junction of the Grand Union Canal, and the Regent’s Canal. It is enclosed by mature trees with white painted stucco Regency terraced houses beyond. The name is said to be attributed to the poet Robert Browning who lived nearby in Warwick Crescent.

These days, it is pretty affluent after enduring a miserable decline following WW2, the restored canals are lined with traditional narrow boats, and Dutch barges. Many are residential, although a fair few are cafes and restaurants which are open all the year round. Just like the rest of London! (read more…)

Le Cochonnet Restaurant maida vale

Limited edition print of Le Cochonnet, Maida Vale, London

9 Jun No Comments

The print of Le Cochonnet restaurant is  30cm x 31cm  giclee print not including the white boarder surround.

About Le Cochonnet, Maida Vale

I wandered down Elgin Avenue for a bite to eat.
A short walk away, I came across an Italian place behind Avalon flowers. I was intrigued as to why an Italian restaurant would have the French Name Le Cochonnet (The Piglet). I never did find out.

It was a lovely place, just right for a sunny afternoon. I sat outside to muse through the menu. I eventually went for the ‘ Social Grazing Platter’. It has loads of salami, vegetables, Buffalo Mozzarella with plenty of other goodies packed in too. I think it is meant for two people, though I had the lot to myself washed down with a bottle of sparking water.

Once I had done, I noticed I had a few hours left before I needed to head back. I was too full to move, so I lumped onto a bench to paint the wedge that is Le Cochonnet to the left with Avalon flowers sitting in front. It ended a fine day. (read more…)

A painting of Maida Vale Tube Station London

Limited edition print of Maida Vale Tube Station, London

5 Jun No Comments

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The print of Maida Vale Tube Station is  45cm x 28cm giclee print not including the white boarder surround.

About Maida Vale

Maida Vale is an approximately one square kilometer area situated in West London and I think it’s pretty fair to say that most of it is affluent. Additionally, like most London areas they seemed to have packed quite a bit in.

Maida Vale tube station incorporates my favourite Oxblood tiles and arches which typify many of the London tube stations. The initial design was developed by Leslie Green though he had died by the time Maida Vale needed to be built, so another architect, Stanley Heaps continued in his place using his previous work as a template.

Maida Vale tube was opened in 1915, and was entirely staffed by women for the first four years. It is always a pleasure popping out of the ground at one of these old tube stations. You KNOW you are in London. You have the same effect in Paris with their elegant Art-Deco Metros. (read more…)

Lauderdale Road Maida Vale Le Cochonnet Avalon Flowers painting

Limited edition print of Maida Vale, London

30 Aug No Comments

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The print of Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale, featuring Le Cochonnet restaurant, and Avalon Flowers is 52cm x 22cm giclee print not including the white boarder surround.

About Maida Vale

Maida Vale is an approximately one square kilometer area situated in West London and I think it’s pretty fair to say that most of it is affluent. Additionally, like most London areas they seemed to have packed quite a bit in.

It is the home of Lords Cricket Ground, a few of the BBC’s main recording studios reside here too, not to mention in the south they have ‘Little Venice’. This being a neighbourhood of a partly tree-lined, three-way junction of canals complete with Regency houses, and converted canal barges. The name ‘Little Venice’ is a recently coined one and has been eagerly taken up by local estate agents who have miraculously expanded the area wider to areas that were previously known as ‘The Paddington Basin’.

Although ‘Little Venice’ is nothing like the real Venice it is well worth a visit for the shops and canal side pubs. (read more…)

A painting of Maida Vale Tube Station London

A quick painting tour of Maida Vale, London

21 Feb 1 Comment

What initially brought me to Maida Vale was a painting commission, though while there, I thought I would take the opportunity to learn a bit more about the area and to maybe do a painting or two. Of course if you are touring any area of London the first ‘stop’ (read more…)