Oil Painting 52 – The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

By Rob Pointon

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

I have attempted a composition that hopefully reflects that experience of looking up at spires from street level and then the vista of the Radcliffe Camera inside the square.

The painting also captures the pushbikes, the dominant form of transport in the city, that have also taken over any available inch of railing in the centre. The building on the right is the famous Bodleian Library.

The morning light also became a strong feature in this painting and because of this I would only work on it in morning conditions and work on something else in the afternoons. I am pleased with the diagonal brush strokes on the corner of the Bodleian Library as the sun just caught it before moving round and leaving that wall in shade.

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