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West Nile Street

West Nile Street is a busy street in the centre of Glasgow.

A simple cityscape

The scene I’ve painted is comparatively simple as cityscapes go. It features a line of parked cars and (to suggest a sense of scale) a single pedestrian crossing the road in the middle distance. Along the top, there’s some miscellaneous street clutter but I kept this element indistinct, which helps to push it back.

Glasgow as a subject

West Nile Street is similar in look and feel to my earlier painting, Grey Day. However, this one is smaller and less busy. I can add that the two locations are close to each other. Glasgow’s city centre is compact.

Speaking of Glasgow, I tend to favour it for cityscape paintings. I think that’s because many artists whose cityscapes I admire are American. Those include John Salminen, Mark Mehaffey, Thomas Schaffer, Paul Jackson, Iain Stewart, Patricia Chidlaw, Jeremy Mann, and others. Glasgow’s centre, being laid out in a grid pattern with many tall buildings, has more of an American look to it than, say, Edinburgh does. I guess that’s why I prefer it.

Painting cars

I could be wrong about what I’m going to say next and I don’t mind if someone wants to set me straight. Not counting artists specialising in car portraits, I get the impression that a lot of artists shy away from painting cars. I’m not sure why this should be. Me, I’m fond of painting them. What I like about cars is their sleek curves, the odd reflections in their paintwork, and the strong reds of their light clusters.


As I’ve said before, I really enjoy using red paint. So much so, that as in the case of West Nile Street, I’ll leave putting in the reds till the very last stage of a painting. That way, I get a kick out of seeing how the reds ‘pop’!

Would you like to buy this painting?

This original watercolour painting is available for sale, unframed. Terms and Conditions apply.


The size is 8.5 x 11.8 inches, or 21.5 x 30 centimetres.


The materials are Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours on Daler & Rowney 140lb (300gsm) Langton Prestige Cold Pressed (Not) watercolour paper, which is a professional-quality paper.


The price is UK £75.00.

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I’m prepared to sell this painting not just to buyers in the UK, but also to residents of the following countries*: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.

There’s no extra charge for shipping (postage and packing), but remember, the painting will be unframed. It’s up to you as the buyer to get it framed the way you want it.

*To the best of my knowledge, none of these countries will charge import duty on the painting.


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