I've always had a great fondness for the late Beryl Cooks paintings, which comically capture flamboyant folk going about their daily business.
|Babs & Barbara "Ooh wrap up well Babs - it's bitter out there!"|
Buxom figures were her trademark; Victoria Wood described her as as "Rubens with jokes". As a shy and private person, apparently Beryl Cook shunned the limelight in favour of quietly sitting in bars, restaurants or any location with her husband, people watching; observations which would later be translated onto canvas! I imagine what her characters are saying...
|"Guiness is full of iron, you know...I drink it purely for medicinal reasons!"|
|I love the gorgeous "Chartiers" restaurant in Paris (I've dined here with my mum a few times!)|
|"Do you have them in a wider fitting, luv?"|
|"Tats in love!"|
|"Ooh she never, did she?!"|