25 July, 2018

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This is a place which Turner actually visited to paint - it's called Ruskins View in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. In the distance, you will see a small farm holding (Kirkfit Hall, Casterton) which has very oddly painted outbuildings! 

The story to this unusual sight is that the farmer applied for planning permission to make some changes to one of his barns and the local council rejected the plans on the basis that it would spoil the look of the area. The farmer's response to the rejection was to apply a garish looking paint scheme to the existing building!  Hahaha, I quite like it, hence this painting.

I used Griffin Alkyds to complete this work and really quite enjoyed it.

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Our Own Art-Club!

Each Friday we go to the local Art-Club in Horwich. It's a thriving club with a broad range of people of all ages and skill-levels. Apart from the regular painting sessions, we have many professional artists visiting us to demonstrate their skills and to run workshops.

But sometimes, it's nice when just a few friends get together mid-week too, and so here we are in Simon's "studio", benefitting from the skill and experience of his father, Brian Waddington. It looks a bit cramped in there, but we were just huddled together to fit in the photo frame :-)

And you can drink beer in this club! :-)