Monday, March 31, 2008

Mill town

This painting has been sold

Oil on hardboard 8" x 8"

Well, this is what Stalybridge was not so many years ago - a mill town - forty one cotton mills in its 19th/20th century heyday. There are not many mill chimneys left but the mill buildings sometimes are allowed to remain and are changed into apartments. Surrounding them you see the more recent developments of orangey brick housing, sometimes rendered and painted white. These old and new structures lie nestling in the valley of Stalybridge which is at the foothills of the Pennines. This is a typical Stalybridge view, about a 5 minute walk from my house. It's quite a nice change - and a challenge - to try a landscape or two. It's always something I have found quite difficult for some reason unknown to me.


Blogger Jeffrey Dean said...

There is a wonderful filtering of sunlight moving through the piece.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Jeffrey, thank you. Yes, we tend to get a lot of cloud where we are so the sunlight kind of flits around and keeps hiding itself like this.

1:13 AM  

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