Brandy Street and A30 - Old Road, continued...

Speaking of which, both roads had their moments. I seem to remember back in the 60s, after Brandy Street was by-passed, two cars, a Jaguar and an MG Varitone racing from Minehead to the County Gate- The MG won. On the other road the early A30 turned left at the toll house to go through Yarcombe to Honiton. The earlier stage coach route also turned left at the toll house in the picture, to go up Stockland Hill into Honiton. Back in 1831 a "New Direct Road" for Exeter via Stonehenge was laid out. (The present day 303 follows it more or less.) Two Stage Coaches raced each other to Honiton, one was going via Salisbury and Stockland Hill, the other via Andover, Stonehenge and Hindon. Result was a tie! Both these paintings are still on the go, more or less finished. I keep tinkering about with them. A bit like tuning up a carburettor. Am not able to get proper photos done, so these are to be going on with. Both done in Golden Matte Acrylics, a flat paint, bit like Egg Tempera and painted the Egg Tempera way, with colour overlaps. The Leyland has a Walnut Frame, the Bristol has Hemlock. Before we finish them there are 3 more commissions to do - a Foden from Yorkshire, for Brian Peers, set at Kilnsey Crag, an O type Bedford climbing Coast Hill in Surrey for Fred Arrow and Clarky's Renault tippers from S.E.20, London. Then a few for the family.

Then, my friends, that will be it. If I can finish them before they finishes me! Will keep the updates and on line gallery going. And sometime will try and take you through the stages of the paintings start to finish, on a new Paintings page. We'll keep you posted and hopefully we can get through this pandemic. Health before wealth. Despite the captain and his crew, rather than because of them!