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A View Towards Billinge Hill.
Photo: Philip Gormley
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Item #: 26776
A watercolour painting I did recently from my 1994 pencil sketch.
The furrow at the bottom right now plays host to 30 feet tall trees that totally obscure this particular view.
The wooded area at the foot of the hill has also flourished; changing the hill's outline and stark appearance.

Comment by: John G on 22nd August 2015 at 14:33

Well done Philip the painting is very neat and crisp, I never Put you down as a landscape painter, mind you I only ever saw you with a welding rod in your hand.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 22nd August 2015 at 20:18

John G: Glad you like the pic, thanks.

Comment by: G .W. on 22nd August 2015 at 23:03

Nice work Philip. And good to hear about the land recovering. Some lovely countryside around this district. I'm guessing the sketch was done near Down Brook.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 23rd August 2015 at 10:28

G.W: Thanks for that - glad you like the pic, too.
The pencil sketch was done in the Roby Well area - at the lower end of Elm Drive.

Comment by: G .W. on 23rd August 2015 at 11:17

I'm with you now Philip. Is it just me or does Billinge hill disorientate its viewer?[ probably just me ].

Comment by: Eric Winstanley on 23rd August 2015 at 17:04

Very good paintings, Philip, I too didn't have you as an artist.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 23rd August 2015 at 19:38

Eric W: Thanks for that - glad you like the pic, too.

Comment by: Jarvo on 24th August 2015 at 19:22

The welcoming sight of Billinge Hill has pulled on the heart strings of many a weary traveller returning home from a long journey. I love the place. Lovely painting. Well done.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 24th August 2015 at 20:18

Jarvo: Thanks for that - you're quite a scholar, Sir.
Glad you like the pic, too.

Comment by: Jarvo on 25th August 2015 at 00:08

Thank you, Philip. I would dearly like to own a copy of this.

Comment by: graham finch on 25th August 2015 at 08:04

Philp, ironically enough we have an original by Joanna Boon from almost the same area which we bought in the early nineties. Billinge Hill is aregular walk for us. Lovely painting.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 25th August 2015 at 11:24

Jarvo: Thanks for your continued interest. No problem with you owning a copy of the Billinge Hill pic. Will shortly send you a scanned version.
Graham Finch: Thanks for that - glad you like the pic. too. So Joanna's been on the same trail as well has she! She is ofcourse a very good artist and as you've retained the similar version of this view done by her, must be really pleased with your purchase. Continue to enjoy your walks.

Comment by: graham finch on 25th August 2015 at 15:04

We have several more of Joanna's work which we purchased when she was involved with fund raising for St. James primary.We have what I feel is an incredible one of Wallgate probably early 20th century which I know she was "upset" about letting go.For me people who have the incredible skill and talent to capture local scenes so well are priceless. Carry on !!!

Comment by: Jarvo on 25th August 2015 at 19:17

Thank you, Philip, much appreciated.

Comment by: Julie on 25th August 2015 at 19:52

Wonder what happened to Giovanni? He always commented on paintings, as did Maureen.

Comment by: Jonno on 26th August 2015 at 08:47

Giovanni hasn't been on Album this month Julie, he'll be charming the birds out of the trees somewhere love. Two nice water colours Philip.

Comment by: Maureen on 26th August 2015 at 10:57

Philip,that's a lovely watercolour painting..I paint in oils or acrylic,but can't seem to master watercolours,so I admire you.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 26th August 2015 at 10:58

Jonno: Glad you like the two w/colours, thanks.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 26th August 2015 at 16:20

Maureen: Thanks for that - glad you like the pic, too.
I get the impression that despite the difficulty you have
when attempting to master the medium of watercolour painting (to which you freely admit), you still enjoy the process.
As a fellow enthusiast, only, I offer you a bit of encouragement, but also hope that this meets with your approval.
You've only two options from which to choose: leave the watercolours alone for a while (I am that soldier) or continue to work through the difficult times.
In either case - and as you can handle the difficulties of pushing, scraping and modelling oil paint, a return to form and further improvement will be assured.
You might also like to look at your next watercolour painting and then consider if it gives the impression, not of something mastered, but of 'something enjoyed'.

Comment by: Maureen on 27th August 2015 at 13:05

Hello Philip,thank you for bothering to reply to me..my trouble is I've been painting for as long as I can remember in oils..then through a conversation with Giovanni..I tried acrylics and I enjoy painting with those as well..I will be the first to admit that it's so easy with oils and acrylics to cover up mistakes whereas with watercolours it isn't so..and that is why I admire you.I will indeed try it some day..when I'm feeling confident enough to try.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 4th November 2015 at 21:32

G.W: Discovered only today that Down Brook is situated quite close to 'Maddox Farm' (you weren't disorientated). I hadn't known of Down Brook, and so offer you my apology for not giving a better response to your query.

Comment by: G .W. on 10th November 2015 at 22:29

Appreciated, but no need for an apology Philip. In fact, funny story. On a recent walk from Longshaw to Billinge on a rather dark and cloudy afternoon i completely lost my bearings ending up near Windy Arbour rather than the Stork Inn . The fact that i "could'nt" see Billinge Hill left me "disorientated". Life should be a laugh. Cheers Philip. Take care. PS. Any more works to share on Wigan World?

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 11th November 2015 at 09:27

G.W: I've quite a lot of local scenes in my sketch books and may have a crack at one or two of them next year; I find the yellow light - now prevalent in my back kitchen, isn't conducive to colour work.
So until next year, I shall be replenishing stocks and maintaining my interest.
Thanks, again.

Comment by: Tim Hanrahan on 13th November 2015 at 23:22

Just a thought - but (depending on size and price) I might be interested in buying the original - would you be interested in selling? Would also be interested in other paintings/drawings of Billinge, especially the Hill - I'm trying to think of presents for twin sisters who have their 60th birthday soon.

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 16th November 2015 at 09:24

Tim Hanrahan: Thankyou for your interest.

Comment by: Johnny on 16th February 2016 at 21:39

A great pic Philip! You know me Johnny who lived in Royden Road Billinge. Remember your nickname - Sos?
Remember John Boardman's graffiti on Billinge Beacon - Rolling Stones. That was the place to go on a Sunday afternoon!

Comment by: Philip Gormley on 16th February 2016 at 23:00

John: I remember you and your younger brother Jimmy, quite well and that Sos was the nickname given to my older brother. I still live in Claremont Road but rarely see John B. Remember Amen Corner at the annual Orrell Rugby Club marquee? Great days.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 17th February 2016 at 08:14

John: Glad you like the pic. Thanks.

Comment by: Johnny on 18th February 2016 at 10:31

Hi Phil
Ive included my e-mail if you want to get in touch and catch up. Alot of water has passed under our bridges no doubt!

Comment by: Johnny on 18th February 2016 at 10:34

Julie
I'm Giovanni...now using my real name. This is a real good pic. When I knew Philip at school all he wanted to do was chase girls and kick a ball about!!

Comment by: S Taylor on 14th November 2016 at 22:06

Hi, great picture. Would I be able to get a copy of this?

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 15th November 2016 at 13:00

S Taylor - Glad you like this painting. No problem with you having a copy; your's uninterrupted. Thanks.

Comment by: S Taylor on 27th November 2016 at 18:46

Hi, how would I go about getting a copy of the picture please?

Comment by: June Mangnall on 18th December 2018 at 16:18

Beautiful water colour,Philip.

Comment by: Philip G. on 5th January 2019 at 21:42

Thanks June . . . glad that you like it. My brother insists that the hilltop is 'too-pointed', but I assure him that it isn't. The hilltop also appears to be quite flat when seen from other vantage points.

Comment by: June Mangnall on 26th February 2019 at 21:08

I remember us walking round there many times....

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