Church Wall Gate Macclesfield
This iconic byway resides in the old silk town of Macclesfield in Cheshire. It epitomises the best of what went before, it's the kind of scene which we are sadly losing on an almost daily basis. So it came about that we both (Mary and me) were wondering around an exhibition of work by local artists in Macclefield Town Hall a year or two back. “Yeah that's good, no that's awful – wouldn't have that in my house if they paid me” All the usual feedback which I diplomatically kept to myself. Then as we turned a corner I at once said to Mary – I really like that, if it's not sold I'm going to buy it!
I'm not known for making such momentous decisions on the spur of the moment (especially where money is involved) but in this case there was no doubt in my mind that this would be the right decision.
And so it was. The picture is on the wall just to the left of where I sit in what I call my study but doubles as an emergency spare bedroom. When I look at it I immediately feel a sense of belonging (I'm not a native of Macclesfield I've only lived here for 41 years so just about accepted now). Ginny's art has captured perfectly the ambience of the street and well – it just makes me feel good. And for me that is good enough.
I first spotted this picture on Ginny's Facebook page and as soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to own it. Having dropped several hints to my husband my wish came true, as he agreed to buy it for my Christmas present last year!
The mountain scene now hangs splendidly in our kitchen, reminding me on a daily basis about the many holidays we've spent as a family in our beloved French Alps. The snow-capped peaks conjure up happy memories of skiing at high altitude, whereas the beautiful flowers and pastures in the foreground remind me of hours spent walking in the fresh air of the Alps.
I love the colours and textures of the picture and the way the image can transport me away from an often grey, gloomy Macclesfield to a completely different place. Thanks, Ginny!!
I actually asked Ginny to do this piece of art for my 50th birthday. I was inspired by several of her landscape paintings which I love, where the many layers bring the nature to life. I live in the French Alps and have many paintings of the winter with snowy peaks but none of the summer. The flowers in the month of June really are amazing. There is also a favorite view of mine which Ginny has incorporated into the painting.
I was delighted with the result . The use of the palette knife along with an awful lot of paint makes you feel as if you could pick the flowers off the canvas. Ginny has encapsulated the wildness of the landscape with the perfection of the flowers making a lush , fresh colorful landscape. I only have to look out the window to know why I live here, but on a dull winter day the painting reminds me of the fabulous trips out into the mountains that I enjoy so much. I hung the painting above a chair that I upholstered as the colours go so well together.
All images and paintings © Ginny McDermott - Cheshire Artist