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Richmond Bridge

by Reg Watson
(Portarlington, Victoria)

Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge

I hope you like this one. I never get tired of the colours.

This acrylic (90 x 60 cm) is of the Richmond Bridge on the Coal River, at Richmond, Tasmania.

Here settlers planted trees from back home (poplars) which means there is an amazing autumn display. The waterbirds run along the shore and swim up and down the river. The bridge itself dates back to convict labour construction completed in 1825.

It is a wonderful area and I still enjoy my photos. I had a go in watercolours first, but I wanted to try the sharper focus of acrylics.

I really went for an initial loose approach because, aside from the boats and the bridge itself, I knew that I could only give a general impression. I tried to get a range of the autumn colours into the trees. The trees in silhouette on the left I did mostly with splatter. I took a chance with adding the waterbirds (coots) but there are an iconic part of a visit to this location.

Worth a visit!

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