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Babylon & Yorkshire

December 11, 2008

You never know where inspiration will come from.

While eating lunch on a recent Saturday, I turned on the History Channel, and watched a show about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  Of course, it was illustrated with paintings of lush landscape with rich color.  With that as inspiration, I remembered a photo posted in the WetCanvas image library, posted by Yorky, of the bridge at Kettlewell, Yorkshire.  Using the bridge from that photo, and with the lush gardens in mind, this is what resulted.

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Gouache on gessoed masonite

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  1. Bill Sharp permalink
    December 16, 2008 9:45 pm

    Very nice paintings, Ralph and thanks for the information on gouache. I’ve played with it a bit and have been intending to learn more about it. I may have missed it in here somewhere, but I’m wondering what colors you favor on your palette.

    You sound happy with the paint your using but I wonder if you’ve ever tried M.Graham. Their gouache includes some honey which keeps it a bit more workable than some.

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