Returning to Richmond Bridge

I am constantly checking the forecast in different areas that I can get to, paint and return from in the school day, and yesterday it was far too windy to go to the coast, but the forecast looked good in SW London. I fancied another go at Richmond Bridge, but wanted to do something wider so I could get more of the bridge in. I did procrastinate for a good hour though - energy levels were a little low and two hours of driving put me off. I didn't want to settle for a scene that didn't excite me though, so I decided to go for it. I left late so would only have about two hours of painting time maximum. I wasn't sure it would be enough, but thought the pressure might make for a better paint. I also really needed to have a good session - the last paint I had outdoors was not a good experience and I needed a good one under my belt. 

 The scene and my painting almost finished

The scene and my painting almost finished

It was pretty windy but manageable. Having painted this scene before and it being familiar now, I was more confident in starting and got the bridge in quickly. I marked out the shadows from the boats roughly, then got on with the sky, followed by the water. This was blocking in at this stage and I would add detail later. The sun was moving quickly and the colours, particularly on the water, changed constantly. I kept the detail looking through the bridge arches very loose and suggestive to create a sense of distance. The boats were the last thing to do but again I kept them loose. I'm really pleased with how it turned out - the palette works and the composition. A good paint!

 'Birds on the boats, Richmond' | oil on panel | 50x20cm

'Birds on the boats, Richmond' | oil on panel | 50x20cm