Two years ago over the August Bank Holiday we were in Brighton and walking along the seafront. We’d already been shopping on North Laine and had seen a few Mods and their incredible scooters, but they were just a taster for the spectacle on Madeira Drive.
The long weekend sees live music events, a market selling vintage clothes, memorabilia and art and the highlight has to be the ride-out where 100′s of scooters drive 5 miles from Madeira Drive along the coastal road to Smugglers Rest, Peacehaven.
I was taking photos as we walked along and just happened to turn and see a scooter at the traffic lights. The rider turned and gave me the thumbs up as I took his photo.
When we got home and I went through the photos on my camera I knew then that one day it would be really cool to turn this into a painting. So, a short while ago I did just that.
I toyed with the idea of replacing the ugly background of the photograph with a seascape, or arches, railings, a roundel etc., but kept coming back to my original plan of a posterized effect with black background. I’m glad I went with the dark background because I think it makes all the colours and small details stand out. At 24 x 18″ it was quite a large canvas to work on.
The fine details of the rider’s coat badges, fog lights and pipework were major challenges!
As I was nearing completion I thought it would be a nice idea to try and find the Mod to show him how his ‘thumbs up’ inspired me and I’m so glad I did. I put a post on a few Facebook groups and eventually he got in touch. He’s chuffed to bits that I painted him and loves what I’ve done and even wants to treat himself to the original for his birthday in December.
August Bank Holiday weekend is usually a bit hit and miss weather-wise, but this year it was a scorcher and we decided to enjoy a day out in Brighton.
After lunch and a stroll through the Laines we walked down to the seafront to see the Mods starting to gather. I don’t think the Weekender officially started until the evening but plenty of Mods were already there enjoying the sunshine. Their scooters were everywhere and looked incredible.
The shine on this chrome tank was unbelievable – not a fingerprint to be seen!
The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone looked like they were really enjoying a day by the seaside.
This man had stopped at the traffic lights and turned and gave me a thumbs-up. I thought the whole image was brilliant but the background was so cluttered I decided to do a bit of editing. I love the end result
Last year for my Birthday my children bought me a voucher for a photography course. The courses on offer were varied and all over the country, but I chose one in Brighton. Yesterday I got up early (for me!) and headed off to the coast. Having hung onto the voucher for nine months I’m so glad it was a lovely sunny day.
I had a great day and learnt a lot of new skills. It’s going to take a while for my brain to process everything, but I hope to get out with my camera again soon and put in some practice!
We’ve visited Brighton hundreds of times but mainly stick to North Laine, enjoying a yummy lunch as we explore, but this time we wandered around Brighton Pavilion, the extraordinary and extravagant pleasure palace built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV.
Such an incredible array of domes, towers and minarets.
Elaborate street lighting and a great place to stop and look out to sea.
Couldn’t resist stopping and taking a pic of this little beauty.
Great street entertainment
and a hot air balloon flying overhead on our journey home.