Our stay in Market Drayton coincided with Millard and Lancaster’s Summer Show in Shrewsbury and a commute into town was relatively easy from here. I chose this composition for Oil Painting 26 because I was interested in the swing of the street wrapping around the 2 churches. One passer by described the road in my painting as a helter skelter. After a good first day, a went back to add a few touches and the the scene had been transformed by rain.
This year’s weather has been difficult so far with the wettest June on record. I wasn’t going to be deterred and set up hoping the rain would let off, it didn’t, and the result was a wet scene with unusual reflections off the cobbles and roads. I have painted a few rainy scenes in the past, the flotilla one of the most memorable, and they often release some unusual colours and different treatment of the landscape. This piece was purchased by a law firm in Shrewsbury who are based round the corner and saw the painting coming together.