Oil Painting 7 – Anderton Boat Lift

By Rob Pointon

Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift – One of the ‘Wonders of the Waterways’ crying out to be given some dramatic perspective treatment – accentuating the height of the structure by pulling the verticals towards a vanishing point at the zenith and bowing the horizon slightly around that point. Also knocking the overall structure of the view off vertical, setting it at a mild angle to give added drama, a technique frequently used by comic book and graphic illustrators. I was blessed with temperatures over 20 degrees and a cloudless sky for 2 days running. Not bad for mid-March! The lift complex was closed to the public as it was still the winter break but the kind staff let me through to paint.

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