Sunday, 6 November 2011
"Newbury Bridge over the Kennet and Avon,” 19 May 2002
But the best thing about making this painting was hearing several people commenting that they had never really looked at the bridge before, and didn't realise how attractive it was. It felt good to open people's eyes to the unnoticed beauty around them...
... Even if the bridge is, apparently, a "major landmark" of the Newbury area. It is called the Water Bridge by those in the know (this is something that I have only just discovered).
The bridge is pretty much in the centre of Newbury. The red-painted building to the left is Griffin's butcher's shop; to the right is where The West Cornwall Pasty Company currently reside; at the time of painting, however, this red-brick building housed a branch of Costa Coffee. The rather grand edifice on the other side of the road (left of the canal) is, naturally, the Newbury Building Society. Under the bridge, the edge of the approach to Newbury Lock is just visible.
Oil on paper, <16 x 12"
(Note on the size: the image shown is cropped; the original, being a quick sketch, is unfinished around the edges. That's before you take into account the masked edges from where I taped the paper to the board.)