“The concept is to recreate well-known paintings,” trilled the woman from the Beeb. “With Rolf Harris fronting. We take some local artists to the same viewpoint as a famous one and let them paint it today, in this instance Piccadilly Gardens by L.S. Lowry.” (See above)
Friend guardedly agrees to take part with the researcher telling her that the Beeb will provide all the materials. “We’ll give you an easel to work on,” she was told. I’ve never used an easel thought our friend, but pressed on regardless.
“What medium do you work in?” asked the earnest researcher.
“Whatever comes to hand,” said our friend. “Sometimes I use the kids’ paints from the Pound Shop.”
“Ha ha ha,” (nervous laugh). “We can provide you with Prussian blue. Lowry used that a lot, you know.”
“No, it’s okay, I’ll use what I’ve got.”
“Okay. I’ll put you down for £5 at the Pound Shop. Er… what is the Pound Shop?”
Anyway, friend is nervously looking forward to recreating a very different Piccadilly Gardens next week. As she says, “People and buildings, the two things I can’t paint.” But then Lowry was hardly a dab hand himself.