Launceston. 'Granny's New Car'
An open edition giclee print. 19 x 15 inches approximately
I painted this scene from life standing in the road on the hill into Launceston. The ancient market-cross stands at the foot of the hill and the sky-line is dominated by the castle. There is a pavement on the far side of the road, but the view is not as good, so Bramble, my dog, and I spent a week causing a traffic jam! I have just added an Austin 7 to make the scene, but have not included all the other traffic.
To give Bramble a walk at lunch time we walked down to the river where a team of tree surgeons were about to fell a magnificent mature horse chestnut tree, the reason being that the bowling club were unable to buy insurance cover for their adjacent car park. The tree surgeons were as unhappy as I was and advised me to gather local support to stop the felling - I did precisely that. The following week the local paper announced that a preservation group had been formed - and one of their points was that the tree was so beautiful it was even painted by artists! Regrettably to no avail as the tree was finally felled.