Into The Night

After the success of my Romsey snow at dawn pictures, I started experimenting with nighttime scenes in towns and cities.  What particularly interests me is the way light pools, illuminating different aspects of a scene, often with different hues to what you would see in daylight.  I've found from experience that my camera is hopeless at capturing this, and even worse at seeing in low light, which our eyes adjust to so well - so with these pictures a lot more comes from memory rather than the photo.


Salisbury market place by Richard Paul Salisbury market place


After the events of 2018 I'd like to show the world what a lovely place Salisbury is.  Everyone has now heard of the cathedral of course, but the city has so much more to offer.  There are many views I could have picked for a night scene, but this angle across the empty market place to a line of hostelries really caught my eye.  You can see how I created it in my demonstration here on this website.

Can you spot the small error?  Due to the poor lighting in the photo I started from, I wrongly guessed part of the detail.  The original has been corrected now.  I'll leave you to ponder what it is, and perhaps visit Salisbury to see for yourself


St Ives dusk by Richard Paul St Ives dusk


St Ives in Cornwall has been painted a lot by artists over the years.  I had done one myself a few years previous, and was on the lookout for a new way to see the town.  Out in the evening I wandered round with my camera looking for something magical with light and water, and found it in the harbour at high tide.  With an assortment of lights giving colour to the buildings and their reflects picking out the boats as dark patches, and just a tinge of light left in the sky I found what I was after. you can see more of my St Ives pictures on my St Ives page.


Romsey dusk by Richard Paul Romsey dusk


My local town of Romsey has plenty of artists and so the key views have all been painted many times, and the market square in particular with the abbey behind the shops seems to be very popular.  Here I've looked for an alternative - painting the view on a Summer evening, as the last of the light fades from the sky.  You may just be able to make out the time on the abbey clock.  What I like about this light is that there is a combination of manmade lighting around the market square, balanced by natural light in the background, and some dark shapes between.




I can now sell you a limited range of cards and prints from this website.  Below are night scene specific, but more can be found on my shop page.  I also offer a range of merchandise through my redbubble account -


Into The Night Cards
6.00 GBP

A set of three A6 sized greetings cards of town and city by evening light - featuring Salisbury, Romsey and St Ives. Each card is blank inside, and has a brief hand written description and artists signature on the reverse.

Romsey Twilight Print
20.00 GBP

An archive quality print of 'Romsey Twilight', showing the market square lit by street lights with the dark mass of the abbey offset by the evening sky. Approximate size 15 x 21 cm (6 x 8 in). 1 currently in stock

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