This Bank Holiday Weekend marks the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I thought it appropriate to feature this oil painting of Buckingham Palace from Green Park. It has been painted on 22 carat Gold Leaf. It’s a rather time consuming process as you have to give each colour two coats to get the right coverage. However the effect of the gold makes it all worthwhile. It really does look spectacular.
There is a watercolour of this view which I have reproduced as a limited edition print. It depicts the Palace seen in low autumnal light which is filtering through the golden leaves, many of which have fallen to the ground. It was quite a tricky painting to do as I wanted the warmth and translucency of the yellow pigment to glow and contrast against the cool blue of the sky and understated Palace in shadow. This has been achieved by carefully masking off the leaves before doing any painting. An exercise worth doing to create the desired effect.
I suppose the painting is more about the beauty of creation than the monarch, but there are still sufficient elements in the composition to celebrate the year of Jubilee. May we all have an enjoyable Bank Holiday Weekend.