This oil painting depicts the river Avon at the town of Christchurch, Dorset,UK. It is based on a photograph taken from one of the bridges in Bridge Street. The multicoloured canoes and canoeists add a lot of interest and work well with the strong blue colour of the water. The water reflections were difficult to paint but are probably the center point of interest and worth the time taken to do them well. The artwork is based on a number of photographs, particularly of the canoes, as I wanted to get a good composition using them. The photos were cut up and rearranged to create a final ‘master’ composition to create the painting with.
The painting is done in oils on a canvas board measuring 20″ × 16″.