Last Minute Shopping on Castle Street
Limited edition print of 750. Signed, numbered and titled.
Standard size - 38cm x 26cm on A3+ paper (48cm x 33cm)
Mounted prints are presented in an off-white mount with card backing in a cellophane sleeve size 50 x 40cm.
Un-mounted prints are rolled up in a sturdy postal tube.
Highest quality Giclee print..
This is the zebra crossing across Castle Street just beyond George Street. The zebra crossing idea is similar to the composition used on The Beatles Abbey Road Album cover although I must confess it was a friend who pointed that out to me, I hadn't noticed the similarity. I like simple patterns such as stripes so the zebra crossing appealed to me. The stripes are echoed again in the Belisha Beacons and again in the scarf and hat of the lady in blue.
This painting sums up for me that stressful but exciting last minute panic before Christmas. Shoppers are laden down with bags; even Santa has nipped off early from his Grotto in Jenners to get a few last minute bits and bobs from M & S. The scene is set in the afternoon when it is beginning to get dark and there is just a nice dusting of frost on the castle and the castle rock. All the decorations are up and the lights are on the trees. I have even included the “Christmas taxi” just driving in on the right. This taxi is owned by a rather eccentric taxi driver who drives around Edinburgh in this white taxi, sporting a fully lit Christmas tree, playing Christmas carols....not just at Christmas, all year round!
At the top right of the painting you can see two diners at the restaurant on the top floor which has an outside dining balcony with terrific views. The pigeon on top of the statue in the middle of the painting is also enjoying terrific views. I couldn’t resist putting a pigeon there., it seems such a good vantage point for him (apologies Dr Thomas Chalmers!).