I was joking when I said I would paint a Lowry, then I came across this painting he did of Lytham Pier. It's only a stones throw from where I live so it really grabbed my attention. I enjoyed researching Lowry. He painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs. Mostly his characters were bedraggled looking unhappy little souls working in factories and clearly had a hard life, they were usually looking unhappily downwards. Here is a slightly unusual painting by the artist, the same little characters enjoying a day at the seaside, on a warm sunny post-war day on the Lancashire coast, where they seem to be almost joyful and full of hope for a better future. There are 120 people including the baby, plus 4 dogs. Took 25 hours to paint, 18x24 oil on canvas.