Friday, 4 October 2013

Buckingham Palace from Green Park

Oil on Board, 9 x 12 inches

Here's another one I'm submitting to the ROI Exhibition.  Thought I'd do a 'local' one to the Mall Galleries, just down the road to the Palace!  
The contre jour lighting (posh for looking straight into it) provided a spectacular effect, with the Palace and its attendant statues and poncey pillars silhouetted in various subtle shades of purpley-grey - right up my street...well, the Queen's arctually, as Count Arthur Strong would say!
It was a bit fiddly on this small scale, but I enjoyed the challenge for a change, instead of my default riverine paintings.  Maybe one day I'll tackle something similar to this on a bigger scale, like the great Peter Brown whose unparallelled streetscapes have given him the name 'Pete the street'.  I'm more 'Pete the stream'...doesn't quite have the same ring to it does it?

11 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I can feel the Autumn weather, the light,trees and people look so real.

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  2. Utterly fascinating...I can't stop looking at it! Have you got a magic paintbrush?

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    1. Ha ha, yes Sharon, I just wave my brush over the surface and it happens....if only!

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  3. Now this is fantastic! I love it when you do the occasional street scene. To my untrained eye, the light is fantastic and the painting on the whole is bordering on the loose. Come on you can do it cubs. love from your love

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    1. Thank you my gorgeous love...perhaps I'm getting there?

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  4. Spectacular! For the last couple of years I've been trying to use bigger and bigger brushes to loosen up and prevent me getting fiddly. Then I visit your blog and yearn for my small brushes again. Decisions, decisions.

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    1. Ha ha, thanks Andy! You keep with your bigger brushes - I only use a rigger for the lamposts and the tree branches. I use a 1" household paintbrush for the feathery tree stuff.

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  5. This one is lovely - just as good as Pete the Street!
    Fay

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