I was sorting out all my sketchbooks and getting rid of all the rubbish and I needed some folders to store the extracts. I had just come out the shop with my folders and turned into Wesley Street and with the sun shining the place had a continental feel with all the blinds down and the buildings painted in different shades. I didn’t have a camera, but I came back another day and got a shot, although the sun wasn’t out then, but I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. The painting did get a bit fragmented with all  the flags and flowers etc, but I did fight to tone it down and focus on the row of shops and the awnings.

Wesley Street is a collection of independent traders fighting to stay viable in the face of multinationals, out of town megastores and the draconian parking policy the council impose. As you can see they have done a lot to make the street welcoming.

Other townscapes and views of Southport are on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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