Prints of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle are always popular. I’ve seen very few artists paint it at night which is when most theatre lovers see it. Artificial light is not easy to capture convincingly in paint, particularly in watercolour. However, this scene has worked well. The key is keeping the palate simple and the colours clean and fresh in terms of application.
For this watercolour I used Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Purple, Paynes Grey and French Ultramarine for most of the painting with touches of Scarlet Lake and Windsor Green for some of the details on the figures and traffic lights.
The original watercolour sold many years ago but I do have other original paintings of the Theatre Royal on view online and at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland. Theatre Royal Paintings are always in demand throughout the year, often as gifts. Sometimes I’ve received commissions to paint family members, partners or friends going to the theatre. The client sometimes provides me with photographs of the person if it’s a surprise. On other occasions it’s more staged.
If you’re interested in commissioning a painting with a loved one in the scene then please contact me.