One of the consequences of having a passion about Royal Tunbridge Wells is the fever to own a piece of it or at least things relative to it. My two sub-passions as I shall call them are books and art, and today I added a really beautiful piece to my art collection. It's a piece called The Grove by Sara Nunan. If you haven't heard of Sara Nunan I can almost guarantee that you have seen her works before in magazines, books and newspapers, she is also an illustrator for Dorling Kindersley so your kids have probably seen her work too.
Being such a regular browser of the local galleries I knew this work was in the making and have actually been waiting over a year for Sara to finish it and for it to finally appear so you can imagine my excitement as I rushed down to The Pantiles waving my cheque book manically as I ran.
Anyway, back to the lovely work. As you can see from my snapshots it's a beautifully delicate drawing of some of my favourite areas of Tunbridge Wells, The Pantiles, Mount Sion and The Grove. The artist has used some wonderful artistic licence in places, like the telephone box next to King Charles the Martyr Church, the Grove Tavern facing the wrong way and Mount Zion (sic). But to be honest there is so much fun to be had in whiling away time looking at the fine details in the piece that these things just become great conversation starters. The most fun I've had so far is trying to decide which character in the picture is actually me
I like to think I played a very, very, very teensy part in the piece that stares back at me as I write this as the artist was going to make the final editions a lot smaller than her first proofs, but I and a few others pleaded to have them at the full four feet high, and boy was it worth it.
I'd like to thank the Spa Galleries on the Pantiles, which if you ever need any local art this should be your first stop, and in fact you should pop along there this weekend just to look at the copy they have in the window, you never know you might be walking home with it and help the local economy at the same time. I would also like to thank my good friend Tim, for refering to me as the Saatchi of the Weald.