The older buildings of this post-industrial coal-mining area are red-brick terraces. The best examples have decorative brick courses and despite being everyday houses for workers, their construction conveys a sense of pride and care. I have been scouring the area on my bike to document their shapes and colour, stained and darkened from decades next to car fume roads.
I printed a copy of my painting and took it around but there was no answer. At a loss I asked the first chap I saw if he had a pen so I could scribble a few words on the back of the image, 'yes' he said 'I'll just nip into this house as it's my Mum's'. Small world. We discussed the house and my reasons for singling it out and gave him the print to give to his parents, who never answer the door to cold callers.
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