A visit to Clark Art introduced me to the adorably cantankerous Wigan artist, Theodore Major, and it was where I fell in love with this:
The painting was simply breath taking. The man himself was quite a character as you can see from this clip of a TV documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6KPkqvNOgs&list=WL&index=53
His work has an incredible air of melancholy about it but not in a way that is depressing. Somehow, it lifts the spirits. Expect to see more of his work appear on here!
Take a look at some of these: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/theodore-major