Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Clifton Suspension Bridge Observatory

Yesterday I decided to once again go down memory lane by pulling up photos taken while visiting the United Kingdom in 2010.  A two week holiday Terry and I will never forget!!!

One of the places our friends took us was the Avon Gorge where we walked across the Clifton suspension bridge and on to the observatory. 

We had the added pleasure of  watching three rock climbers as they made their way up the cliffs.

A little bit of history shared by my friend Clare who we spent two weeks with............"For those unfamiliar with the area, the Observatory is on the top of the Avon Gorge, through which the River Avon flows under the Clifton Suspension Bridge, built by Isembard Kingdom Brunel. It was built for traders to save a very long journey between Abbots Leigh and Clifton, Bristol. The cliffs are several hundred feet high at this point and the Observatory is positioned with a wonderful view of the beautiful bridge."

This was done in my Stillman & Birn Alpha journal; using my Pilot Prera with the Namiki Black water soluble ink to get a subtle tone wash; and then applied watercolor using Daniel Smith pigments with a #8 Round.

A portion of the greens are from dried mixes where I was playing with various primary triads using either Indigo, Phthalo Blue (R) and (G) with Aureolin and Perm Aliz.  Plus Raw Sienna, Cer Blue (sky and rock), and a bit of Sap Green to add some emphasis to the trees around the one section of the observatory.

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