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Post No 28. I have painted several market towns. Rose and I have very occassionally travelled past Pickering and Kirkbymoorside by bus to have a short break in Helmsley. An attractive small town with period features including its castle and walled garden. It was market day.

For our return journey I just had time sitting upstairs at the front to grab from my shirt pocket my ‘ ever ready ‘ small camera. Then very quickly compose and take this image before the bus took off. One has to make use of such opportunities for that different angle on a subject !

Now for a brief note on the painting. Like Leyburn market I have used two styles of painting, one for the buildings and another for the market activity. The former to give a static solidity to the buildings and the latter, impressionism to give colour life and activity to the market.

I deliberately made the background tree and church darker to accentuate the light and concentrate attention on the market scenario.