This is part of the Albert Dock complex on the Liverpool waterfront with the Anglican Cathedral – a subject of an earlier blog – glowering in the background. The pumphouse is now a pub but was built to power the hydraulic cranes used for loading and unloading the ships. It may also have powered the refrigerated facilities at the dock.

The question was whether to include the chimney or not. Including it constrains the painting and reduces the detail. As it has a rather quirky shape I decided to include it all and pay the price. The images I used were into the sun and I tried to vary the colours, mixing on the paper, but as I built up the perspective tonally, the mixes homogenised.

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  1. Perfect! I think adding the smokestack was a wide decision as it adds to the information regarding the origins of these buildings on the waterfront. I particularly like the contrast of the darker buildings in the forefront and the light in the background. Interesting composition Graham.

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  2. Thanks Shawn. It`s been around since the 12th century, but in the 19th century was known as the second city of the empire and a major port for trade with the Americas, hence all the old warehouses which are now being repurposed.


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