MY PAINT GALLERY
Posting mainly 'PLEIN-AIR' PAINTINGS IN OIL
but maybe other images as well.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
ST MARY Le STRAND, from the East (London)
This is a weeny painting (8" x 5" on panel) of St Mary Le Strand which I did on a day in the capital a month ago, trying out a new mini Pochade box and I was determined to grab a bit of painting time that day. It was a beautiful morning to start, with a food fair and loads of people enjoying along the South Bank. But 2hrs later, as is often the case in the UK, it clouded over as I prepared to paint, and a fine drizzle set in after a while so I had to stop (not having an umbrella to hand), and I was running short of time but would like to have done a bit more. Now I quite like this loose unfinished look, in contrast to the much larger 'Bath Guildhall' I just painted. I think that crane rig is hovering above the back of Somerset House, and the whiter patch left of the church is sunlight on the facades of the tall buildings along the Strand (where many of the buses are going). I have always been intending to do some finishing so maybe I should add a few more touches of paint to define this area.