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Topic posted by Frank Rimmer ... dated:12 August 2004
Hi my name is Frank Rimmer and I have lived in Urmston for three years now. I am a watercolour landscape artist, but I am currently in the process of looking into contemporary canvases.
Are there any local artists / painting clubs in Urmston / Flixton / nearby?

If you like watercolours take a peak at my website: www.freewebs.com/frankwatercolours

I have just taken some photos of Mile Road, and may paint them soon, also looking at Urmston Meadows as some material for forthcoming paintings.

I would love to hear from you,

Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Graz ... dated:11 December 2018

That's a nice image Norman, thanks. Whoever painted the brickwork should be awaiting trial!

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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:02 December 2018

In response to a suggestion I have just painted and uploaded a new local painting of "The Meadows", which was to become the Ann Challis Care Home in 1947. I have tried to create it as it would have looked from a very old and fuzzy monochrome photo, with a link to a modern photo taken from the same spot showing the extensions, removal of the chimneys, and painting of the frontage.

http://normanswatercolours.co.uk/meadows.html
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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:01 September 2018

My latest effort will be the last local painting for a while as I have run out of material.
Carrington Village circa 1900.
I have also added a link to a photo I took on 30th August from the same viewpoint, not an easy task as that road is very busy!

www.normanswatercolours.co.uk/carvil.html

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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:26 August 2018

Further to my last post, I have now completed a painting of the front view of Shawe Hall, and uploaded it to my website.

www.normanswatercolours.co.uk/localthumb3.html
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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:11 August 2018

To anyone interested in local history, I have just added a painting of Shawe Hall to my painting website - direct link below.
There are not many sources of images in existence, just a few sketches, and the odd photo. I have combined these to try to create a credible image in colour of how it would have looked about the year 1900

www.normanswatercolours.co.uk/localthumb2.html
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:27 June 2018

I would be interested to hear from anyone who knows about a local artist from around 1935 to 1940. His name was Horace Walton and he was commissioned by the UUDC to sketch local buildings.
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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:21 June 2018

For anyone interested in historical local views, I have just uploaded "St.Clement's, Urmston" to my website under local views, page 2. This shows it as it was in 1874, before it was extended in 1888, and before the tower and clock were added in 1906. The old photo is monochrome and a bit fuzzy so I have tried to bring it to life with colour, using more up to date photos, and by visiting the church myself. Direct link below.

www.normanswatercolours.co.uk/clem.html
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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:23 April 2018

To anyone interested in viewing my painting website, I have had to find a new server as TalkTalk are ending their web hosting service. With immediate effect my new website address is:-

www.normanswatercolours.co.uk

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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:07 April 2018

I have just added a painting of the Empress Cinema to my website, which may be of interest to local people. This stood at the junction of Atkinson Road and Higher Road between 1921 and 1962, almost opposite the old Post Office. The unloved and semi-derelict Victoria Parade now stand on the site. As a boy I managed to get in below the then age to see an X film to see Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in "The Curse of Frankenstein"  and "Dracula!" The shortest way to the website is to google 'norman booth pictures' then click on it, but the full address is:-
http://myweb@tiscali.co.uk/normanswatercolours/  
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:19 February 2018

The Thorn Cottage is a great painting I hope the Gallery gets going soon as more should see that one. For an added piece of information many locals call this Brook Cottage as it can be found cornering Brook Road.
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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:15 February 2018

Just uploaded another local painting of 'Thorn Shop 1950'. This still stands at the juction of Brook Road, Flixton Road, and Bowfell Road, but has been converted back into a private dwelling
"Thorn Shop" in 'Local Views'
This is the last local painting I have planned until I get some inspiration!
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/normanswatercolours
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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:04 February 2018
Oops! - sorry Dogsbody, I meant to thank you for your kind comments on my previous post!
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Norman ... dated:04 February 2018
To anyone interested, I have just added a new local painting to my website "Flixton Road 1903" under "Local Views" http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/normanswatercolours
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Reply posted by Dogsbody ... dated:31 January 2018
Loved seeing your paintings on here Norman and like your work.
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Reply posted by Norman ... dated:27 January 2018

After a nine year gap I thought I would update information on my painting website, especially as there is a 'local views' section of 27 paintings among the 130+ total.

For anyone interested in paintings, or local history in particular, I have tried to create pictures in watercolour of long gone local scenes.

The web address is (note no www)
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/normanswatercolours
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Saul. ... dated:06 June 2009
Hi Norman, I like the painting and many of the others.

The photograph was taken by Magnum photographer Steve McCurry, his portfolio can be viewed here:

http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP=XSpecific_MAG.PhotographerDetail_VPage&l1=0&pid=2K7O3R13O2CM&nm=Steve%20McCurry
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Reply posted by Norman. ... dated:06 June 2009
Hi to anyone interested in paintings.

I have just uploaded my first portrait 'Sharbat Gula' in "Miscellaneous"

In 1985, National Geographic published an iconic picture of a 13 year old orphaned refugee, then known as Afghan girl. She was subsequently recently traced and her name ascertained. Since 1985 she has married, has three daughters, (a fourth daughter has died) and lives in Afghanistan. This is my first serious effort at a portrait, and I have waited until I aquired experience before attempting it. This picture for me captures an unbroken, undefeated spirit blazing out of those mesmeric eyes. If you think I have exaggerated them follow the link on the painting page to the original photo, or google Sharbat Gula, which will also give other details.

If you look at the original photo, then please don't judge my effort too harshly, this is a water colour, which cannot capture the richness of the colours as an oil painting can. Perhaps for this reason you don't find many watercolour portraits - but I like the challenge, and am personally very pleased with the result.

There are now 79 paintings on the website including 10 under the 'local views' section.

The website address is (note no www)

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/normanswatercolours

Hope you enjoy the paintings.
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Helen ... dated:06 May 2009
Hi Poppy,
Do Trafford Art Group mind complete beginners going to the meetings? Or do you know of anywhere that might cater for a beginner?

I'm currently trying my hand at watercolour and feel I would benefit from tuition or a group.

Would you be able to give me more details about your group or others? (perhaps you could pm me if I perhaps give Dave my email address?).

Many thanks.
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Karen ... dated:05 May 2009
Just told my partner how old the thread is, he can't stop laughing. I never look at details! Hope you find time again in the future!
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Reply posted by frank ... dated:05 May 2009
Thanks karen, this thread is 5 years old now lol. I'll be honest I don't paint watercolours any more. I'm very proud of them though. Each year I paint some contemporary canvases but don't have the time or space to do anything regular.
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Reply posted by Karen ... dated:05 May 2009
It seems there are quite a lot of artists hiding away in Urmston. I have just been to Normans site, some fantastic work there. I especially like his water and boat paintings. I had a look at Franks site too, some lovely landscapes.
I am the Karen mentioned below with the upcoming exhibition down the road in Chorlton. My blog is is www.ollerina.com there is a link to flickr the photo sharing site too where you can see all my work. Keep up the creative work everyone!
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Reply posted by Poppy ... dated:02 May 2009
Trafford Art Group meets every Monday (except bank holidays) upstairs at Flixton House at 7.00 pm. Lots of talented artists using all mediums.
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Norman. ... dated:30 April 2009
Hello Janet,
I am Norman not Frank, who originated the topic!! (I've never liked the name Norman however!)

Never thought about copyright, but as I am not reproducing the original image I am fairly certain creating my own image of what I see does not infringe copyright.
Pleased you liked the paintings.

Hello Catherine,
Aha! My fame has spread as far as next door!
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Catherine ... dated:29 April 2009
Love your work Norman.

I never knew that we had such a talented artist living next door to us!
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Janet ... dated:29 April 2009
Love your work, Frank, particularly the landscapes and painting of the Red Lion in Flixton - shame it was pulled down.

As a matter of interest, do copyright laws apply when you paint anything from a library book ?
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Reply posted by Quigs ... dated:29 April 2009
Excellent work..
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Reply posted by Helen ... dated:29 April 2009
Hi Norman,

I've just had a look at your site, and I love your work, it really it beautiful.
I myself am learning to paint and draw so found your step by step guide interesting. I shall certainly be looking at that again to get more tips!
Re: Local Artists
Reply posted by Helen ... dated:29 April 2009
I'd be interested in a local art course as well, anyone know of any in the evenings? (I'm an absolute beginner mind!!).
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Reply posted by pete ... dated:29 April 2009
Try ringing Bob Jones, he paints oils and water, pastels, ect, and is very good. 0161 747 6992.
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