My wife and I flew to London. We landed at the Gatwick airport, took the Gatwick Express commuter train from the airport to Victoria Station, then rode the tube (subway) east to the Tower Hill station. We exited, then went across the street to the Grange Hotel and checked in. Our son-in-law lived with our daughter in Cologne, Germany but during the week he often worked in London and stayed in the Grange, so we actually got to stay in his hotel room.
I was flabbergasted when I looked out the hotel window – there, right before my eyes, was the Tower of London with Tower Bridge and the Thames River right behind it! I love the Tower of London. It is such a fascinating complex with it’s Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) guards. It has the famous White Tower which was built by the Normans who invaded in 1066, as well as the location where Anne Bolyn was imprisoned and executed. The Tower Bridge is commonly mistaken for London Bridge. It is one of the most famous structures in London. It is the two big structures in the rear of the painting. I could go on and on – I absolutely adore London.
I decided I needed to paint the scene.
With this scene there was so much detail that I thought I’d get lost. I actually ended up gridding my canvas and painting in each grid individually so I could keep track of everything.
Another point I need to make has to do with atmospheric perspective. With atmospheric perspective, warm colors come forward and cool colors recede. What that means is that the green colors that are closer to the viewer are greener the closer they are, but if there is a green in the far background, they fade to a light bluish tint. You can see that with the trees near the castle wall. They are very green. In the background the green countryside fades to more of a bluish tint. Also, the actual structures that are nearby are painted with much detail, but buildings far in the background have little detail at all and their colors are faded. Atmospheric perspective gives a feeling of depth – you can look deep into the painting.