Paintings of Edinburgh
Victoria Street Edinburgh boasts a quaint array of brightly coloured artisan shops and restaurants. It is set on a gentle incline that takes one down to the Grassmarket. Although it doesn’t have the grandiose feel of Princes Street or George Street, it typifies (for me anyway) the spirit and architecture of Edinburgh.
A dark, threatening sky was always going to be a prerequisite to any painting of the architecture. This was to ensure that the sunlit stone work above the colourful shop facades stood out. In turn, this would provide suitable weight to balance out the heavy shadow areas on the left of the painting. Carefully positioned shoppers have been painted stepping in and out of those shadows. This has helped to tell a story of retail life on Victoria Street Edinburgh.
I’ve painted this watercolour on a lovely hand made paper from Fabriano. Although expensive, the heavily texture of the paper makes it a delight to paint on. Because the architecture is so colourful, I’ve kept the sky colour simple and without too much fuss. I’ve also made sure that the same palette of the sky is repeated in other parts of the painting. For example, the shadows being cast by the buildings have been painted with the same Payne’s Grey mix.
For more paintings of Edinburgh, go to alanreed.com.