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Friday, 24 October 2014

Elvet Bridge painting form Browns Boatyard

Chester le Street Arts Wednesday 22 October 2014.

Prepared canvas board with gesso, added blue strips of tissue and added some grey colour randomly to the canvas. I had no idea of which way up or what picture of the four views I had of Elvet bridge I was going to paint.

I settled on the view from Browns boatyard looking across to the Swan and Cygnets pub with the Old Town Hall in the distance together with the church spire where my daughter Lesley was married.
The initial drawing was done with a rectangular block of graphite using the long side edges for the straight lines. Blocked in with blue acrylic ink using small piece of mount board and the texture added using a black ink pad straight on to the canvas.

Next day added some colour to the Old Town Hall the far bank of the River Wear and the stonework on the bridge with tissue paper and brown ink pad. Subdued the blue tissue on the pub and added the pier numbers.

Ready to seal and varnish for exhibition on Saturday 25th October at Chester le Street Library.

Only one picture left to paint and time is running out!

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