Patrick Saunders’ painting, “Night at the Red Lion Inn,” beautifully captures a serene evening scene in London. The artwork depicts the historic Red Lion Inn on Parliament Street, bathed in a warm, inviting glow against the backdrop of a dusky sky. His primary goal was to convey the seamless transition from the warm, inviting hues of the streetlight and interior windows to the cooler tones of the moonlight. In doing so, Saunders skillfully achieved a sense of depth and an organic, almost ethereal quality in his painting, immortalizing the enchantment of that memorable evening at the Red Lion Inn in London.
The inn’s façade is illuminated by a combination of soft streetlights and the gentle moonlight, creating a striking interplay of colors and tones. To tackle the intricate composition, Saunders decided to set aside traditional perspective and instead focused on capturing the essence of the scene through shapes, values, and colors.
“My wife Kimberly and I visited London for the first time in 2019. After a long day exploring the National Portrait Gallery, we walked past The Red Lion on Parliament Street on the way back to our hotel. Knowing the history of the place, we decided to stop for dinner and drinks.
The composition presented some major challenges, with three-point perspective and numerous color gradations. My approach was to forget all about perspective and simply paint shapes, values and colors. I knew that if I could get all of these pieces in the right place, the perspective would handle itself. Most importantly of all, I wanted to capture that flow of warm color emanating from the street light and interior windows as it transitioned to the cooler tones of the moonlight. That flow of color temperature is what gives the piece a true sense of depth.”
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