The first classic caravans that I saw were at an exhibition at Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove I thought they were fascinating mainly the shapes of them, I took lots of photos and it must have been 10 years later that I decided to paint them . Since then I have been to a few shows and painted quite a collection. The Bromyard Gals had a good selection I also went to the Cheltenham owners classic caravan club meet at Kingland Rugby ground They all looked the same to me but I was assured that there were many different models like the Springbok the Sable and the Roebuck . The president commissioned me to paint his caravan . I painted one in the snow and one in summer , In fact I just painted one in winter and made it into christmas cards . and then painted out the snow and replaced it with green grass and sunshine and put a pair of sunglasses and straw hat on him sitting outside in his deckchair .
Bert and Tinto from Nether Netherlands came into my cafe . They were on holiday in their converted motor home It was a Bedford truck with a small caravan welded onto the back and a Michelin man stuck on top . They travelled around Netherlands selling plants and books at Fairs . They parked it outside my back door and I did a painting from a photo that I took. I sent them the painting through the post and they mailed money to my bank nice one .
Collected enough paintings to make calendars in 2011 Still have the paintings which are on display at my cafe ( The Granary Tea Rooms leominster)
May do another series soon Theres a lot out there Norrie
I started the shop front Paintings in 2005 The first one that I painted was the Hen Pen in Leominster This is situated at end of High St facing down Broad St .It used to be an open market building selling market goods including hens like a modern day farmers market . At the moment it seems to be a sort of gallery that is never open.
Next I painted the Violin shop that used to be Morrows sweet shop . Both of these paintings were sold to Caroline Scott Mayfield who now has quite a collection of my paintings .
I progressed to painting a total of 30 approx shop fronts in Leominster (some being commissions ) Most were sold , just have a few left on display at the Granary including my favourite The Central bakery ( just before they closed the cafe) and Brights the butchers .
In the following years I painted shop fronts from Bishops Castle ,Hay on Wye, Ludlow Hereford, Ross on Wye. Presteigne, Bromyard ,Tenbury Wells .
Hen Pen Leominster Walls butchers Ludlow
Started painting in 2005 decided to close my cafe ( the Granary Tea Rooms Leominster) on a monday and have this as my painting day . The first Monday in Jan I painted a picture of a beetle copied from a book , I painted 4 different ones and mounted them all together in a long picture. I painted a coloured background and stuck the bodies on then painted the legs on afterwards. They looked quite impressive I’ve still got them I don’t think I’ll ever sell them.
The following weeks I painted all my pots in my house Just the hand thrown ones, thrown by my friend Lucian Proctor who died recently at the age of 62 . They have all been sold now just a few copies made into cards . Bowls ,Tagine dishes ,giant urns , small brown jugs and a teapot .
I usually make a copy of my paintings and turn them into cards so that at least I have a record of them.
Thats all for now will try and add some pictures to my next blog
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