Painting London bridges is for a client in Singapore. It was painted on Commission and is called “Shimmer Sunset”
How I Paint London Bridges
The brief was about painting London bridges as well as a London skyline, whilst painting London bridges. These include; Tower Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Cannon St. Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. The bridges represent the exchange of ideas and trade. I was sent photos of the client’s room, with images of the other art to make sure the colour palette would work well in the setting.
Next I produced a couple of sketches in pen and ink to suggest a layout and with client approval started work. I prepared the background, painting and layering the sky with colours to make a warm sunshine blend. I then sent this for approval before the next layer of buildings and bridges were added.
Spurred on by approval, my next task was to build the composition and I referred to the sketches I made and begin to paint. I did not think too much just painted and flowed with ideas as I worked. This is the easiest way to be creative and the art has a spontaneity this way. This layer was then left to dry and then the painting of London bridges were added. I used photos (I take photos whenever I see something beautiful or to capture light on a building so have many images of London landmarks and ideas for inspiration) as a reference point to get the structural shapes of the bridges and then just painted. I took out a lot of detail this was the most time consuming part of creating the art.
In reality the bridges are painted lightly so they appear to float but it took a while to achieve this result and it was more about what I took out and did not paint to create that effect. I experimented with the reflections until I was happy with the results. I wait for layers to dry when working in oils as then you can work quickly on top and without fear of ruining the blends underneath. If I choose I can take off a new layer with minimal negative effect whilst the paint is still wet. Some colours like yellow are harder to remove and they create a residue but generally I use this technique to build up reflections but putting on and taking off oil. I wipe and smudge with a cloth and my hands as well as with wet and dry brushes. This form of pure creativity is very near to play and I am focused in the moment when I paint.
To see more of my commissions and sold work see On The Wall
I will be exhibiting at Surrey Contemporary Art Fair 23-25 February
This sunflower London cityscape is called “Bridging the Gap” A link between two worlds, the spiritual and reality… It was inspired after a trip to Hyde Hall, whilst looking at the sunflowers in the gardens, shining in the summer sun. Capturing visual warmth and happiness of the day combined with a London Skyline. The painting is in two halves to symbolise unity.
My inspiration comes from everyday moments and nature fused with my faith and a love of life. My darkest times have passed and I now paint with love and joy in my heart. Dancing and gardening are a part of my life, they give me a sense of freedom and self expression which filters into my art.
London has a beautiful skyline which I want to capture and show in a beautiful light. This London cityscape was sold just before Christmas as a gift in a romantic gesture for a partner, it fulfilled its destiny as the piece was about unity.
My art is shown regularly at Spitalfields Art Market. A new collection of art is being created now, in time for the first Spitalfields event of the year in 8 to 11 March 2018:
To view more of my Cityscape Paintings visit my cityscape gallery here:
Painting gives me a sense of freedom and escapism into another world. I listen to music and that helps me transcend into a better place. Light is a key element of my art. I just paint, focused on the moment and watch the art unfold as I work. Sometimes there is a plan but often this is overtaken by the flow and I just go with it. Some of my most fluid abstracts have happened this way, I finish the painting and then move onto the next which might be what I first intended to do. This way my work has a freedom of movement and is free. I can focus to work on commission and enjoy the purpose of creating a specific work of art for someone. This is immensely rewarding and I am grateful for the many commissions I work on.
My artistic world is full of butterflies, sunflowers and peaceful sunny days. I love painting when it is raining outside as I am cosy inside and settle more easily. I find a peace in painting and hope that expression is captured in the art. There is a spiritual element to my art and I will happily talk about this if asked directly at any of my events. See website for details www.sarasherwood.co.uk
I am not sure how I paint exactly so if you are thinking of painting I would say just paint and see what happens. If you view it as an extension of play and let go of the outcome, just focus on having a fun, you will enjoy the process and be more likely to produce a good result. It is only paper or canvas, if you like it great and if you want to do something else, just leave it in the past and move on. Keep painting or collecting whatever your passion.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last 12 years of painting full time.
To discuss any art purchase you can meet the artist by appointment by contacting the artists direct via their websites.
The inspiration behind this painting is the sea and the colours thorough the water. I enjoy fusing cityscape or London scenes with nature.
“Waves of Love” oil on canvas by Sara Sherwood
I enjoy painting skylines of any city on commission. I have been doing so professionally for 11 years, since I became a full time artist in 2005. I listen to see what the favourite paintings are and generally I can see a style commonality. It might be the way I have #painted reflections or sky or lots of white space or lots of texture. I then discuss colours and feel of a work of art as well as the landmarks or abstract nature. I have all I need to create. I do not do preliminary sketches I just paint. This way my art stays free.
“Sara, we just wanted to say how absolutely over the moon we are with our painting! It is perfect, exactly what we had hoped for! We have dreamt of owning a piece of your work for so long that now it is hanging in our room we just cant stop looking at it! I cant think of any better way we could’ve used the money we received as wedding gifts -it is such a special piece and we will forever treasure it and all the happy memories it holds.
We feel very lucky to have met you. You made the whole process of commissioning a piece so personal and your desire to “do the best possible painting for us” shone through. So thank you- thank you for all the years we have ahead of us enjoying your painting and thank you for creating new dreams as we start to save for our next piece!!
I think- it was so lovely to watch our painting grow and evolve – even hung on the wall now we keep noticing new things about it, we just love it.”
Suzanne and Johnnie
“Rainbows Within” oil on canvas by Sara Sherwood
#Painting Skylines is very rewarding and I keep wanting to explore and take the art in new directions as soon as I have finished say a #painting of London, I want to try something else, like the reflections of #Tower Bridge in a new colour or putting in more flowers and then I #paint and it just happens and nothing I thought to do appears, just something else equally beautiful and then I think to do that again and then something else totally new happens. I suppose that is really letting go of the outcome!
I also enjoy the discipline of working on commission you have to keep the focus, but that just flows too.
This latest “Rainbow collection” is about celebrating joy in life. #SaraSherwoodArt at #SkylarkArtGalleries unit 1.09 #Oxo Tower Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm. We are a collective of artists and there is an artist on duty every day. There is an eclectic mix of art; something for everyone at a range of prices or just come along and enjoy.
#SkylarkArtGalleries unit 1.09 #Oxo Tower
#SaraSherwoodArt Artist in residence on 11 February and Sat 20th Feb,11am to 6pm or by appointment.
#Art image: “Rainbows Within” is about inner beauty
“Touched by Rainbows”, New York Cityscape by Sara Sherwood, oil on canvas
#SaraSherwoodArt at #WindsorContemporaryArtFair
This is part of my new collection for Windsor Contemporary Art Fair 14th to 15th November. The private view is on the 13th November 6 to 9pm so if you would like tickets please let me know. This collection is based on rainbows and light. My inspiration was to express light and rainbows in the city skyline of New York with both activity and calm and with an essence of another reality. I enjoy painting #abstracts and #skylines of any #cityscape.
“Riding the Rainbow”, London Skyline oil on canvas by Sara Sherwood
#SaraSherwoodArt at #WindsorContemporaryArtFair
I have been painting a new collection for Windsor Contemporary Art Fair 14th to 15th November. The private view is on the 13th November 6 to 9pm so if you would like tickets please let me know. This collection is based on rainbows and light. My inspiration comes from nature and I love looking at the sky as it makes me feel free. I want to capture this freedom and light in my art and enjoy painting #landscapes and #skylines of any #cityscape.