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09-14-2015, 09:26 AM
While traveling home from a trip to Newcastle upon Tyne I stumbled on this scene along the Quayside. A handful of small boats and a group singing suitable folk songs to those on the river bank.
A cool late afternoon sun had started to dip towards the west with the light adding a glitter and sparkle to the surface of the water.Sketches made on the spot and a follow up visit to the Quay to paint in the bridges provided the structure for the scene playing out in the foreground.

09-14-2015, 11:26 AM
Fantastic work :clap:


09-15-2015, 02:56 AM
After some feedback and having looked at the painting I have dry brushed the distant bridges to set them back a little I think this works better. Time to face the painting to the wall and leave alone:)

09-16-2015, 08:10 AM
Iam really struggling with composition and the question is selfish - would removing the low bridge ( red and white) not improve the composition or was your intention to reflect the scene accurately. George

09-16-2015, 09:55 AM
I think it is super as it is. That section of the Tyne is known for its bridges.

09-16-2015, 10:22 AM
I am sure there are a lot of briges there - what I asked is related to composition to improve my understanding of the concept. George

09-16-2015, 11:32 AM
Love this... and the improvement

09-17-2015, 01:05 PM
If I removed one of the bridges then I would face dire consequences lol (one bridge is in fact out of sight as it above the viewer).

09-30-2015, 04:17 PM
Very nice. I thought the first one was good anyway, but I think pushing back the far bridge did improve it. The saturation of your reds and yellows seems just right for a cloudy day. Nice job!

10-03-2015, 01:58 AM
Glyon, the painting is a representation of the scene as it was and is meant to be realistic.


10-30-2015, 05:05 PM
Great painting. Yes, the bridges look better pushed back. Very ambitious work.

11-04-2015, 11:25 AM
I agree with Dough, fantastic work. Love all the details and the figures in your painting.

11-22-2015, 12:31 PM
As Doug says, it works as a true realistic depiction, Smashing work. I know it well and good on you for working en plein aire