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Market Square Cambridge UK painted in oil

Posted On: Sunday 18th December 2011
Summary: This was painted in oil from the tower of St. Mary's church Cambridge as it started to get dark.

Blog Tags: Oil painting   Outdoor painting   Pochade painting   Painting in Cambridge   Townscapes   Nocturne painting   Buildings   People in paintings   

market square cambridgePainted the same day as the Nocturne from Bene't Street, this view of Cambridge market was painted from the roof of the tower of St. Mary's church. I was using oil paint with my pochade box, plein air, but finished in the studio.

In the studio I decided to lower the values and darken the palette to more subdued tones that were prevalent as I finished painting. I did this in order to give "headroom" at the top of the value scale for the brightly lit shop windows.

In the next few day I will describe the method I used in a new video for Cambridge Art Academy members. The purpose of finishing this small oil study (12"x12" on gesso board) was to decide whether to do a much larger version - I think it would work well.



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