I wanted to do a townscape with a little more edge. This is based on Hope Street in Liverpool with a lot of paring away and more reliance on colour. I did the same scene in 2014 in a more conventional way when I started to do a set of Liverpool nightscenes. I exhibited a few but didnt get much response, though this one sold.
I feel the new version still lacks presence and I need to let go looser when building up the backdrop – so back to the drawing board, or in this case, canvas.
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Hope Street stretches between the Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals. The morning light on the Anglican Cathedral makes it a great subject. I’ve even painted it into the afternoon when it glowers over the city in full sun. However, I have never seen the Catholic Cathedral in an inspiring light. That is, until I saw it against the evening darkness as I waited to cross the road to the Philharmonic pub which can be seen on the left. The lights on the Catholic Cathedral show the crown against the night sky. This is another Liverpool night scene. Like most cities it has a buzz in the evening as people are rushing to get home, do some quick shopping or get a drink.
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