Red Buses

I love public means of transport in London. I love them despite the fact that travelling in crowded buses or trains  around London is sometimes more adventurous than you would have liked. Don´t worry, I am not going to tell you about my daily routine of commuting which is familiar to many, but how I perceive them from my artistic perspective.  Visually appealing to the eye the London double-deckers are often pictured in my paintings. They bring a lot of life into my art. Their vitalizing red colour brightens up the painting.  Even if a merely outlined bus appears in the painting – what a change!  In my latest painting two reps of this lovely kind are just passing by the St. Paul´s.  The buses give the painting of the cathedral which has stood here for centuries a contemporary look.

Feel free to see the making of this painting step by step below.

Red Buses, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, © 2015 Petra Terslova

Red Buses, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, © 2015 Petra Terslova


1) Sketching the scene in  front of the St. Paul´s. I captured several buses as well as the black taxi.


2)) Firstly I gave my canvas a coat of grey colour. I draw the outline of the scene. Then I continued with blocking in the big shapes –  the sky, the cathedral and the road with buses. 20141028_125930_Richtone(HDR) - kopie (2)

st pauls

3) Later I developed the painting by  adding some more detail.
st paul´s cath

4) I increased the saturation of the  yellow colour on the right side of the cathedral and put down the colour on the left, to create the illusion of distance.  I finished with putting the finishing touches to the painting and adding my signature.

Red Buses, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, © 2015 Petra Terslova

red buses wat

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