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Oil study of people walking along the river in Cambridge in the snow

Posted On: Monday 6th February 2012
Summary: Yesterday was the first snow of the winter in Cambridge, UK, and I couldn't wait to get out and paint. This is the first of two small oil studies done from Elizabeth Way bridge looking towards the centre of Cambridge. The dull sky and lots of dark figures had something of Lowry about it.

Blog Tags: Landscape painting   Oil painting   Boats   Outdoor painting   Pochade painting   Painting in Cambridge   Townscapes   People   Birds   Reflections in water   Painting rivers   Painting trees   Painting water   People in paintings   

view over cambridge in oil in the snowThis is the first of  two oil studies I did from either side of the Elizabeth Way road bridge in Cambridge. It gives a good elevated view over the river, at the cost of being on a busy road. Still, it was worth it. The overcast sky gave a stillness to the scene, only broken by the steady trail of people walking along the river sides and the gulls squabbling over scraps.

I was particularly pleased with the shadows of the birds on the water which help place the gulls obove the water and gives a nice 3-D effect. In the distance I've hinted at the turrets of Kings College Chapel on the left, the University library in the centre, and the spire of the Catholic church on the right.

P.S. The video set on painting snow in oils is now available. The development of this painting on location and in the studio is one of three video demonstrations included in the set.  For further information, please click here


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