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11-20-2011, 12:25 PM
Here is my second painting for this year which I completed this afternoon. It was first posted in WOYE in October but for the benefit of those who have not seen it develop there the statistics are: 43in by 20in, painted on extra fine Italian linen using Golden and W&N heavy body acrylics for the large areas and Golden fluid acrylics for the details. Sable brushes were used for the fine detail, prolene brushes for the large areas and hog bristle brushes for those small areas which are stippled. The time taken was 304 hours.

This is a partner for Townscape I which was posted in this forum in March of this year. I got to exactly this stage with Townscape I and, not being too happy with the roadway I added 8 cars and 11 people. I'm not too happy with the roadway on this painting either but I'm trying to resist the temptation to start adding more objects. I'd welcome your views on this score.

Ckose-ups below:

Hope that you like it. C&C are welcomed!

11-20-2011, 01:02 PM
Superb detail Doug.


11-20-2011, 02:00 PM
It is painted with great precision and detail ... great,,,,!!!

11-20-2011, 04:59 PM
Yorky: How come that a man living in Ormskirk has the soubriquet "Yorky". I know that it is a long time since the mid 1400s but aren't you skating on thin ice? Whatever the answer I appreciate you compliment.

Karl: Thank you for your kind comment. I have visited your website and have been impressed with the range and quality of your work. We should see more of you in the forum.

Having re-visited this thread I have become aware that my original submission displayed a glaring ommission. (Hangs head in shame!-:lol: ). Anyway it was easily corrected with six quick coats of glaze. Here is the revised submission. Sadly there are no prizes for anyone spotting the difference!


11-20-2011, 05:02 PM
Fantastic work, love it.

11-20-2011, 05:41 PM
Hi Doug

I don't think you could have chosen a more difficult subject, there are so many vanishing points in this painting that it boggles the mind!

The detail you have mastered on the strucure of the bridge and hotel is astonishing

Personally, I would not add any more to this painting

This is an incredible painting of a view in Scarborough, and you should be proud of it....well done Doug!


Lady Carol
11-20-2011, 05:48 PM
Lots of detail in here. You have done an amazing job.

Margaret 59
11-20-2011, 06:42 PM
Great stuff again Doug, so much to look at.

11-20-2011, 08:15 PM
The details and perspective challenges here just boggle me, bravo!

11-20-2011, 08:53 PM
this is amazing , you are very talented .

Bruce Collins
11-20-2011, 10:49 PM
304 hours...the outcome is incredible, super awesome work. :)

11-20-2011, 11:23 PM
Beautiul piece! I spotted the difference. The shading under the metal arch for each pillar. Now they look more in position. I almost thought I was looking at a photo. It's that good.

11-20-2011, 11:36 PM
Entirely mind-boggling! Loook at those bricks and the windows in the far building :eek:


chammi kaiser
11-21-2011, 03:56 AM
Doug. You have the most admirable patience ever. Your attention to detail is mind-boggling. Terrific work.

11-21-2011, 05:35 AM
Many thanks to everyone who has commented so kindly on my latest painting.

Sandra: Congratulations on spotting the difference _ I would have been mortified if I hadn't spotted the ommission and someone else had pointed it out to me.

Henry: I greatly appreciate your positive comments and take heart from your view that I should not add any more to the painting. You are quite right about the vanishing points - there are three associated with the bridge alone. I have been aware of, and admired, this part of Scarborough for many years. Part of the motivation to paint it I suppose stems from my engineering background and I found what might be called the geometry of the scene quite compelling. The angle of the bridge together with the slope behind it point directly to the Grand Hotel which dominates the R/H side. Similarly the angle of the roadway and the slope behind the bridge point directly to the Rotunda museum framed by the first arch. These are compositional gifts really which go a long way to making the scene appealing.

11-21-2011, 11:15 AM
Wow! The detail is amazing!

Charlie's Mum
11-21-2011, 05:35 PM
I was about to point out those missing shadows - but I see Sandra beat me to it!:lol: :lol:

It's an incredible and awesome feat Doug and a testament to your patience and dedication, not to mention ability ........ and the Council should by it for a big fat sum! :D

11-22-2011, 07:20 AM
LavenderFrost: Thank you.

Maureen: Thank you also, and again for the help in correcting my spelling of the title. It would be lovely if someone, Council or otherwise, chose to buy the painting for a big fat sum. Interestingly I took the hours worked on the painting and multiplied it by my dentist's hourly rate to find that the calculation came to 42,000. In my dreams !!

Although the photograph does not clearly show all the finest detail there is probably enough for you to see why I started the thread on painting straight lines. I made two of the "Paint Rulers" and they have proved worth their weight in gold. The problem is that build up of paint creates difficulties if the ruler is not cleaned after every use. So I've visited my local DIY store and bought a strip of metal and a strip of wood from which I will make a more permanent and easily cleaned ruler.

Charlie's Mum
11-22-2011, 11:24 AM
Resourceful too - (add that to your CV) ;) :D

01-16-2012, 07:32 PM
I must have missed this during my "quiet period"....really nice. My kind of painting !

01-16-2012, 08:32 PM
Beautiful painting! I love the details... so well done.

01-16-2012, 09:15 PM
Fantastic rendering. Love your skills. All working beautifully.

01-17-2012, 08:39 AM

01-18-2012, 05:07 AM
Raymo, wilfred, Dcam & wetbob: Thank you for your kind remarks.

01-18-2012, 11:37 AM
Brilliantly done, superb!

01-19-2012, 07:39 AM
Thank you Karen.

saaz hop
01-19-2012, 05:03 PM
Doug, excellent detail on an amazing painting. I've been using heavy body acrylics and have trouble with fine detail. Thanks for the tip on using fluid acrylics, I'll need to give them a try.

01-20-2012, 01:57 PM
Thank you Patrick. If you try the fluid acrylics I think you might wonder how you ever tackled detail without them. For really fine detail add a few drops of flow extender to the paint and use a sable brush. If you do go with sable don't mix the paint with the brush and don't load it so heavily that the paint gets into the ferrule. Also wash the brush regularly whilst painting and particularly well when you have finished painting for the day.

05-26-2014, 11:22 PM
Beautiful work! And excellent tips on the sables, thanks, very encouraging.
Jon C.