English Bridge, Shrewsbury

Peter Sandilands

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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Here is another of my Creative Paintings, this time of the English Bridge, at Shrewsbury. An earlier bridge here was fortified, with drawbridge, defensive tower, and traitors heads on spikes, to discourage villains from attacking the town. This bridge was rebuilt, with a lower incline, in the 1930’s, when motor traffic had occasional difficulty in crossing.
This is a classic example of why I call my work Creative Paintings. Did you know that when John Constable started to paint his series of ‘Six-Footers’, so-called because they were six feet long by four feet tall, he painted them entirely in his Studio, from sketches he had made of his subjects, and that he added together in his paintings, parts which were not originally together, or existed only in his imagination. He did not paint only what he saw in front of him, as neither did Canaletto, who excluded unsightly buildings, and added in more attractive additions, to his paintings of Venice. Similarly, in this painting, I wanted to include the daffodils, but I had to falsify the perspective to bring them closer to the line of the bridge, and also, I added in a more attractive sky. I hope that you find my changes to reality an improvement. I certainly do!

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