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9X12 Acrylic on Strathmore watercolor paper: I just got back from Pasadena and this beautiful bridge, I have been looking up from the shade into the sky until my neck hurts. I kind of screwed up on the very difficult perspective under the bridge, but I think the tonal values save it?

I am semi retired and love to travel with my 9X12 #140 Strathmore pad, my Sharpie Ultra Fine ink pen and five or six sticks of pastels or acrylics to color in my “finds” Sometimes I get real lucky and my wife Dawn will take some pictures I can use later. I seem to always be able to give some kind of sketch to my subjects or those bystanders who desperately want to give me some advice.

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  • E.E. Jacks
    E.E. Jacksover 3 years ago

    Wow. This is wonderful Randy! I am sure your client will love it! =)

  • Thank you very much Esther.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    I love the warmth in the colours you have used Randy. A really convincing effect and a great angle. I’m sure your client will be impressed.

  • Thanks Lynda, I did have to put in a little bit of water, sorry. I know how you feel about wet rocks, but I just needed some feng shui, with all this concrete. This bridge is really full of tricky angles, as it also curves. Oh man my neck hurts!

    – Randy Sprout

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 3 years ago

    LOL! The feng shui was most important!

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    I love the angles and the bright sky. Your client should love this. The perspective allows for many beautiful shadows and shapes, which you’ve captured here, beautifully.

  • Thanks Franny. I originally painted the sky darker and blue at first until I realised that the painting was about the light on the bridge, not the bridge itself. To look underneath and into the bridge shadows I found I had to let the sky glare more and actually eliminate the lights up on the bridge deck. That worked ok as I didn’t lke how I drew them in the sketch anyway.

    – Randy Sprout

  • hollypaino
    hollypainoover 3 years ago

    I know right where this is, and man, let me tell you…you got it just riiight. xx

  • Thank you very much Holly.

    – Randy Sprout

  • CrismanArt
    CrismanArtover 3 years ago

    Of course, Randy, she will like this excellent painting! Love the perspective and angle, truly believe you had neck pain afterwards? Brilliant light and shadow effects as well as warm and cool color pallet. The architecture is fascinating seen from your angle. Love the arch to the right side! Warm hugs to you from Christiane

  • Thanks very much my friend.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Gary Fernandez
    Gary Fernandezover 3 years ago


    Congratulations Randy, a excellent realistic painting.

  • Thank you very much for this feature Gary.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago


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  • Thank you very much for this feature Mary.

    – Randy Sprout

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 3 years ago

    Wonderful subject and perspective, Randy. Love your palette and the feeling of light.

  • Thank you very much for that Bev.

    – Randy Sprout

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