Paintings of the Tyne Bridges always strike a cord with folk from the North East. The charity the Cyrenians ( now Changing Lives ) are based in Newcastle. They work with vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless people. Earlier this year Sian Thomas, their marketing administrator, asked if they could use some of my paintings as Christmas Cards. This was to help raise money for the charity which has been going for over 40 years.
This original watercolour of Newcastle’s bridges and quayside caught in a snow shower is the third painting. It is about to be scanned, ready to be reproduced as a charity Christmas card. All three paintings, including this one of the Tyne Bridges, can be seen at my Studio and Gallery in Ponteland from next week.
The view takes in the Tyne Bridges as well as the Baltic and the Sage. I had real fun painting the sky. The dark forbidding cloud above the bridges adds mood and atmosphere to the scene. The gentle sweep of the river takes you eye to the focal point which is the bridges in the middle distance. There’s also a helpful contrast between the hard, defined edges of the bridges and the softer reflections.
The original watercolour is available from our gallery in Ponteland.