Lord Street is the main street in Southport where I live. I have painted the street many times before – mainly on the other side of the street where most of the shops are. In fact I am painting another one right now. This painting above was from a combination of a couple of photos I took this summer.
A little further down is a bandstand and for a couple of years we displayed our paintings around it in the summer. We didn’t make many sales, even after on the very first morning of the first day selling two. It was something I felt we should have continued with, but after so many weekends standing in the cold the collective will started to drain. Pity really.
The bandstand on Lord Street is a well known landmark in Southport. A few years ago we staged some art exhibitions here, displaying our paintings around the bandstand. We sold a few paintings on the first morning but very little thereafter. It was very cold standing around in May and after a couple of years of poor sales we gave up.
It was only when I looked at the photo that I saw that the area behind the bandstand could better blend in with the shrubbery around. I will need to get the brushes out again.
I went into Southport to get some more information for a painting I was working on and then wandered around with my camera. I have done a similar scene to this in winter, when the trees are leafless and the sun comes in low at the end of the road you see. The light can be fabulous. I was pleased with that earlier painting. This one got a bit too busy, even though I started out determined to cut out the detail. The other painting is on my website grahammcquadefineart.com in the sold painting section