Broad Street Puddles – Original Painting
About the Image
Three people wander down Broad Street in Oxford, each set on their own individual journey. The two women on the left initially appear to be a couple, but a closer look at their body positions immediately questions to this assumption. They are both masked, which dates the image to the COVID area era and the focus is differ. I feel one is passing the other although which one is moving the fastest is pure speculation.
The scene plays out along one of the widest streets in Oxford, open to traffic, but heavily pedestrianised with pavement cafes near the retail end of the street, an optimistic proposition in the UK. The scene plays out on one of the widest streets in Oxford, open to traffic but heavily pedestrianised with pavement cafes near the retail end of the street. An optimistic proposition in the UK with its usually soggy weather.
Broad Street is home to many famous landmarks the Sheldonian Theatre, Balliol College, Blackwells to name but a few. The architecture, predominantly stone, and far too yellow in this painting than I had initially planned. But sometimes you have to go with it and see what emerges. Most of Oxford University architecture is stone, and if not actually mediaeval in construction is at least inspired by the mediaeval architecture already present, when the building was constructed. (Read More)