Thursday, 22 November 2012

Oil Sketching at night in London

This year I tried out something really weird, I tried oil sketching at night, I had done this in Bath and done a sketch of Tower Bridge at night with watercolours but I hadn't done them in oils. All these were done on  location with oils on board. The size of the board is 10" x 8". I use a head lamp and I always make sure there is a Street lamp or artificial light from somewhere around before I can make a set up at a particular Scene. It's really great painting at night as the light doesn't change. One has to be a great risk taker with the colours as they sometimes appear different when taken indoors under a different light source.



Royal Court Theatre At Night, Oil on Board, 10" x 8", 2012

Royal Court Theatre At Night-Adebanji at work

Royal Court Theatre At Night-The Scene and the set-up




Trafalgar Square at Night during the Olympics, 20" x 8", Oil on Board, 2012



Trafalgar Square at Night during the Olympics-Adebanji at work



Trafalgar Square at Night during the Olympics-The Scene and the set-up







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6 comments:

  1. Nice that you show these night scenes here, I made the Tower Bridge sketch (previous post) late in the evening, but drew it as if it was by daylight. I had no choice, the lamps in the bar of the Tower Hotel were too dim. I tried night scenes before and I found that you need proper light to paint a decent night scene. Colours are difficult to catch. I know about someone wearing a lamp on his head. maybe an idea?

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  2. Thanks Rene, the headlamp does come in handy.

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  3. Ambitious and brave. Very nice work

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  4. The Trafalgar picture has such yummy colours! You are giving me ideas with your oils post! ;)

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  5. these look fantastic!
    even without the red bus or recognising trafalgar square, there's something very distinctly "london" about the atmosphere in them.

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