Extra Bridges of Dee


When I was researching for my book “The Bridges of Dee”, I took lots of photos to use as inspiration but didn’t use all of them by a long way.  So I revisit my album from time to time to find compositions that work.

This is a quick watercolour, about quarter of a hour with minimal drawing.  It’s the opposite bank of the river to the painting in the book, with the Dee out of picture to the right. I like the size of the people in contrast to the height of the arch, and the sweep of the fence takes you right there!  I think the shadows at the top are a bit too strong – maybe a rusty brown rather than purple would have been better allowing the drama of the arch to stand out more. The reds and greens are enjoying each others company as usual.

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