Below The Bridge ..8" x 10" O/P
One more trip back to Storrings bridge to paint...in the rain !
After scouting the area , I finally settled on this spot and began to set up. I noticed how the wetness was effecting the scene, the overall 'flatness' of the different values and the darkening of the colours. Although I was fairly close to the subject, there seemed little or no aerial perspective due to the lack of light or the overcast and rainy day. Another disadvantage was the lack of 'shadows', which also contributed to the look of flatness in the scene.
In the photo (left) you may see my palette and panel plus my setup.
My palette is the basic limited palette with the addition of Burnt Sienna, Veridian, a Yellowish Green and Titanium White that had been lightly 'grayed down' and used in my mixtures.
I had to 'play up' areas in the painting with darker colours in order to make up for the lack of contrasting values. I felt at the time that it helped to sort objects from each other and that it also gave the painting a certain energy that was lacking in the non shadows.
You can see how I have stylized the scene as I painted, compared to the photo of the actual scene. In my mind, objects or their colours shown in the photo seemed to be separated or scattered about and unrelated to each other.
In this case, I exaggerated the objects in the scene by giving them more volume, thus pulling them together to unify the objects and in my opinion, improving the composition, introducing a more abstract feeling that gave the painting much more energy.
Of course, as we all knew it would happen, the sun came out just as I was finishing. : (