Nocturnes, Night plein air painting in London (No 1)

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The next few posts will highlight a few plein air paintings I have done in London (mainly the Chelsea area, around my studio) and also interjected with a few day time ones and my post on being selected as an Associate Member of the ROI and also being featured in the METRO Newspaper on the 22nd of January with an article on Pintar Rapido.

It's been a great year so far!!

Night Reflections under Albert Bridge, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

This one in particular was painted near Albert Bridge. Albert Bridge is has a great view at night, but in this piece I really wanted to concentrate on the still reflections at night.

Adebanji painting at night, Albert Bridge

This piece was done over two sittings. Working at night is quite tricky. But it helps when one has all the right equipment, like an good head lamp or torch, tilted at the right angle and also working under a street lamp. Sufficient light is very important.

This was how it looked after the first sitting. I stopped when the lights on Albert Bridge went out, it came rather as a shock, as I didn't know the lights went out!

It is also necessary to have a good understanding of values. I think more in terms of values, as temperature and hues can be very deceiving in the dark. There's always an element of surprise when one gets back to studio but I enjoy that bit, you never know what to expect! It definitely looks different under studio lighting!

Completed piece after the second sitting

"I often think the the night is more and more richly coloured than the day."-Vincent Van Gogh

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