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Afton Water Series

This oil painting is one of a series painted in May 2012 on a yellow ocre background. There are a few still for sale in a solo art exhibition at The Wellington Gallery until the end of December.

Julie H Winter • The Textured Landscape a Solo Art Exhibition at The Wellington Gallery, 13 Wellington Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, KA3 1DW  1st November – 14th December 2011.

An exhibition depicting over twenty original works of art by the artist Julie H Winter. These paintings show the artist’s skill with a pallet knife and her passion for the landscape of Ayrshire.

Julie aims to capture a moment in time, a gentle breeze or the imminent weather front creeping in, the lapping of a wave or the setting of the illusive sun.

Hope to see you there. Julie H Winter.

 kilmarnock ayrshire, textured landscape, ayrshire scotland, weather front, and solo exhibition

One of the twenty or so paintings in Julie's Solo Exhibition.

Thanks to those attending the preview including the Provost Stephanie Young.

Britain’s Hidden Heritage


Prince Charles talks about how he helped save Dumfries house and what a treasure it is. Ayrshire is a great place to visit, especially with the beautiful landscapes, interesting wildlife sightings, the  Burn’s Corridor and now the added attraction of Dumfries House. Book your accommodation with us and enjoy 20% discounted prices when you stay for three or more nights. Call Julie or Alistair : 01290 332548

We have just had a wonderful couple stay with us, who were thrilled to stay here right in the middle of Burns country. Although the couple came from further a field, they had family connections with this area and were attending a wedding at Lochside House Hotel, just on the outskirts of New Cumnock, sandwiched between Cumnock and New Cumnock on the A76.

We gave the couple a lift down to the wedding venue and ordered a local taxi for them to come back, which was more cost-effective that the hotel ordering one from Cumnock.

I do love it when guests enjoy the books we have gathered about the local area. One such book called ‘Lost Aryshire’ had a picture of a church that our guest used to attend with her mum when she was a child. Unfortunately it is no longer there, but the couple did visit Afton Reservoir, which was something the family used to do for a treat, when the children were younger.

Oil Painting of the new road Glen Afton by artist Julie H Winter

Afton Res a great vista in all seasons

Glen Afton Burn by Julie H Winter

This image is a recent work I did when teaching about portraits in respect of capturing an exquisite sort of light. This painting came out looking like my Mother’s Dr. though this was not the intention.

The Light by Julie H Winter

Who do you think this looks like?


Last year I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere at the Holy fair, so this year I decided to join in with the fun. Here are some of the small works that I’ll be selling on my stall. I do hope you can pop along and enjoy the day too.

The Holy Fair

The Holy Fair

The Jolly Beggars

The Jolly Beggars

Along with these small works I’ll be selling hand painted silk cushions and silk scarves on a Scottish theme. I’ll also have some small paintings based on the places that Robert Burns would have visited. The sample below offers an example of such a place.

Flow Gently Sweet Afton Water

Flow Gently Sweet Afton Water

Bex listened well to some basic art tuition about construction lines and shading and was able to produce very pleasing results.

Developing Drawing Skills

Rebecca comes from an artistic family, however she was the musician of the family. Having developed her drawing skills today she knows that she too has the family genes.

Owen is always ready to try something new, though he keeps returning to the potter’s wheel, he must love the texture of the wet clay.

Owen returns to the Potter's Wheel

And Julia got to grips with an atmospheric sky in her watercolour painting. She has learnt to use a crumpled tissue to take away some of the wet paint.

A view from Lochside House Hotel

Bex, Martyn and young Owen thoroughly enjoyed their first full day out of the city, exploring Doon Valley, just 20 minutes by car from our B & B.

Bex and Martyn by Dalcairnie Lynn Waterfall.

Bex and Owen play together by the side of Loch Doon.

Dumfries House – a magnificent time capsule, preserved for the Nation with the help of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Watch a 9 min 23 sec video of the trip to Dumfries house.

We are only five minutes away from this grand experience.

Holiday at Afton Water B&B and visit Dumfries House

Well worth a visit