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Old 03-03-2014, 08:16 AM
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A59 Project

OK if I start this thread it will make sure I get on with this project which I have been thinking of since Dave de Armond (manfrommerriam) painted every county in Kansas then present day scenes from the 1916 Midland Trail through Kansas.

Starting In Liverpool I intend to follow the route of the A59 north through Ormskirk to Preston then east through the beautiful Ribble Valley to Skipton, Knaresborough and on to York. I intend to paint landmarks and scenery along the route. Some will be from Street View scenes, others from my own photographs. I don't intend to follow the actual modern road but will follow the original route through towns omitting by-passes and not painting only scenes that can be seen from the road but include landmarks in the towns on the way.

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I'll start at the Liverpool Pier Head with the Liver Building then the Kingsway Tunnel entrance, and a few more landmark buildings in Liverpool before starting to follow the A59 north.

It will be quite a task, but it will mean I don't have to think too hard what to paint and we'll have a few days out looking for subjects along the route so it will be quite enjoyable. I'm not sure whether to do full on paintings or pen and wash sketches yet.

EDIT: I'm adding a list of locations as I think of them.
Liverpool
Liver Building Liverpool - done
Albert Dock - done
Anglican Cathedral - done
Catholic Cathedral - done
Lime Street Station - done
St George's Hall - done
Mersey Tunnel - done
Aintree Racecourse - done

Maghull
Ancient Chapel -done

Ormskirk
Parish Church - done
Clock Tower and market -done
Buck i'th Vine - done

Burscough
Leeds and Liverpool Canal -done
Lathom Park Chapel - done
Martin Mere - done

Rufford
Rufford Old Hall - done

Tarleton
St Mary's Church - done
Bank Hall ruins - done

Preston
St Walberge's Church - done
Harris Museum - done
Preston Bus Station - done
Guild Hall Preston - done

Whalley
Clitheroe Castle - done
Whalley Viaduct - done
Pendle Hill - done

Gisburn
Gisburn Cattle Market - done
Cross Keys East Marton - done

Skipton
Leeds and Liverpool Canal - done
Skipton Castle - done
Springs Canal - done
Skipton Market - done

Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey - done

Menwith
Menwith Golf Balls - done

Harrogate
Royal Pump Room - done
Cupid and Psyche - done
Betty's Tea Shop - done

Knaresborough

Knaresborough Castle - done
Nidd Panorama - done
Blind Jack - done
Mother Shipton's Cave - done

York
Micklegste Bar - done
Railway Museum - done
Clifford's Tower - done
The Shambles - done
Constantine statue - done
Bootham Bar - done
Merchant Adventurers House - done
St. Mary's Abbey - done
Jorvik Viking Centre - done
York Minster -done

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Old 03-03-2014, 08:26 AM
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Re: A59 Project

What a fun project, Doug. And, it gives us, who are not familiar with your area, a delightful experience. I think you'll be seeing quite a few welcomed copy-cats along the way. Looking forward.............
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I'm looking forward to your travel journal too.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:36 AM
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Re: A59 Project

I have started collecting references and already painted scenes. Here are a couple:

Liver Bird Liverpool


Buck i'th Vine, Ormskirk's oldest pub


I think all new paintings will be line and wash.

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Old 03-03-2014, 01:05 PM
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You are off to a good start, Doug! I'm looking forward to viewing more of your travel pics.

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Old 03-03-2014, 01:09 PM
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Thanks Deb, I'll be posting them in order of the route. I could take several months to do them. I'll try and standardise the new ones on 1/8 sheet size.

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This is great, Doug, I'll look forward to the tour!
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Re: A59 Project

Doug:

Just out of curiousity, but why that particular route?
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:42 PM
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First of all Lawrence it passes through our village and leads to YORKSHIRE! Also there is a feast of subjects to paint, from the great city of Liverpool, though the historic market town of Ormskirk, the city of Preston and then through the most wonderful countryside of the Ribble Valley to God's own Country

A joke for you:
Tourists in the UK when visiting the great cathedrals found in every one a telephone on the wall with the sign "£10 to ring God". However when they visited York Minster the telephone was there but the sign said "10 pence to ring God". Puzzled they asked the verger why it was only 10 pence when in all the other cathedrals it was £10? The verge explained -" simple - here it's a local call"

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I can't wait to tag along with you via your watercolors....what a neat idea, something I wished I could do here in the US. btw, I love your watercolors, very lively and fresh.
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Great start, Doug! I love line and wash!
Will be watching.

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Looking forward to following your journey. Nancy
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Doug what a beautiful project .. thank you for the trip .. failing to come on site .. see these beautiful buildings!
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Re: A59 Project

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" simple - here it's a local call"



Being a longtime fan of the Beatles and James Herriot both, this is going to be an interesting trip. You'll begin with one and end with the other!

Though I can't be *absolutely* certain they're my relatives, I did find a family in Liverpool on the 1841 census that matched a family getting off a boat in New York nine years later. If they are indeed my people, then as a boy my great-great grandfather lived just a block or so from Madryn street where Ringo Starr was born (100 years later though. )

Pulling up a chair for this series.
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Great idead Doug and excellent start. I like your pen and ink paintings!

Is this going to be a virtual trip, plain air or photo tour?

Hope you can teach us a little of the history of your part of the world at
the same time as we enjoy your great art!
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