One of my most favourite places in London is the South Bank. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the City over the Thames. The contrast between the old London with St. Paul´s Cathedral and modern architecture attracted my attention. This painting captures a lovely warm afternoon in the City of london.
City of London, Oil on canvas, 50cm x 100cm, © 2015 Petra Terslova
I began on a white canvas. I sketched the composition loosely with burnt sienna, which gave the painting a worm feeling from the beginning.
Cobalt Blue with a tiny bit of red gave the sky a slightly stormy feeling.
I literally built my painting step by step by adding different patches of colour until I felt that I reached the right amount of information.
I played with thick and thin paint. While the thickness of the paint adds to the solidity of the buildings, the river is expressed with thin washes of paint.