Tuesday 5 July 2016

#92 'Big Ben & Houses of Parliament' 8x10"

My sister kindly brought us Lionel Richie concert tickets in London (he was amazing!), so we made the most of our overnight stay and I did 2 paintings.

This one I painted Sunday afternoon standing on Hungerford bridge. I have never painted in such a busy thoroughfare, oh my! I had to keep my elbows in for people streaming past me. And once the painting was taking shape I then I felt like a celeb with the amount of photos and videos tourists were taking of me, quite different to the normal quiet painting I have been doing! But once I got used to it I enjoyed it and added to the London painting experience.
I concentrated on the skyline as it's the bit I liked, all the different shapes. The sun was shining in my face (contre-jour) so most of the buildings were in shadow so they were silhouetted.
I wanted to make the shadow areas colourful and interesting. With lively brush strokes and not too laboured buildings. I'm really pleased with the outcome :-) My first London painting...


  1. Such a departure from your usual land/seascapes en plein air. Very well done :-)

  2. Amazing! I am in awe at your versatility and super star status on Hungerford bridge! A very successful painting. I like your big sky surrounding the skyline and the buildings so well executed.

  3. Loved your story, I had no idea about tourists and cameras, I guess you must've been so fired up with painting it didn't really matter. Well done and lovely painting!