A fictional scene based on the many traveller caravans situated around the foot of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset.
At it’s core, the painting is a celebration of the idea that happiness is about fulfilling and celebrating our needs rather than the mere accumulation of what we want or desire.
Almost all the plants in the painting are common weeds such as the much-hated bindweed. You can also find Buddleia, known as the Butterfly plant. You can find Buddleia along railways lines and derelict sites all over the UK. When we had a house in Hackney in East London, I noticed a Buddleia growing out of a gutter at the top of the house. I was most reluctant to get rid of it.
In amongst the weeds, I’ve thrown in a dilapidated, somewhat ragged old chair, and provided a musical touch via a hand-cranked gramophone. For those who want to dance, there is a disco ball to jive beneath. What’s not to like?
The original of this painting currently hangs in the bar of The Crown Inn, Pilton, Somerset. Whilst there you can have a decent beer and very good meal.