We had seen pictures of the Kite Festival in Lytham and decided this would be a colourful display. The weather was fine so off we set. Unfortunately, so did hundreds of others. After being stuck in traffic for an hour we got off the motorway and headed back.
However, the day wasn't completely spoiled because we came across a sign for Astley Hall. This proved to be an impressive building and had several interesting rooms to look at. The ceiling was outstanding with elaborate plaster work and cherubs hanging down,
There was also a display by the local art group at the Farmhouse Gallery, which was situated near the cafe. There was some impressive work on show and at quite reasonable prices. We often like to buy at these shows and soon found a piece that impressed us. It was by a local artist Sandra Sugden.
It was a really interesting style that she used and we particularly liked those done as landscapes.
Her painting was created using alcohol ink and manipulating it to get the required image. They were mainly on ceramic tiles but some were on acetate and some on YUPO paper. One was a trial on Perspex.
Tiles were all sealed with a light gloss many times over so that they could be used indoors or out.
This style was quite unique and the final painting was very impressive and a nice addition to our collection.
It was interesting to visit the gallery and made our trip worthwhile. On the plus side if we had made it to Lytham, there was no wind so the kite festival did not take place. We must try again next year!