Currently Showing: Dart River and Windwhistle Cottage

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Oil Painting of the Dart River by Noel Hefele

Dart River and Windwhistle Cottage - Noel HefeleThis oil painting measure 4 feet square.

If you are in the Totnes area this August, stop by the lovely Fat Lemons Cafe on Ticklemore Street. In my humble opinion, they make the best cappuccino in Totnes. They are exhibiting paintings from my current work on a rotating schedule. The Dart River has been on display since August 4th.

This painting is a classic landscape take on the Dart, just down river from Totnes. Like most river towns, Totnes owes a good part of its initial prosperity to the trade that the river enabled. It’s now been roughly 15 years (or is it 11?) since the last trade ship made it up the river waters to Totnes. The river has made a transition to recreational use. Late one night last month, I was listening to the jumping fish from the banks of  Vire Island in town. The river was almost boiling with jumping fish. What will this recreational future for the river bring? Will the fish still jump at night in 50 years?

There is a ruined cottage called “Windwhistle,” depicted as a paint smudge on a distant hill.

By Noel Hefele

Noel Hefele is an artist living in the Bronx