Art, Landscape, oil painting, Painting, Portland, Urban Landscape

Burnside Bridge and Steele Bridge – oil

b bridge state 2

7″ x 15″ oil on canvas

This was done in the studio from sketches and photo resources. There are more subtleties in the scene that I’d like to have caught without getting any tighter. I may do another one working just from this painting.

There are actually 2 drawbridges in this scene. The Burnside Bridge, in front with the turret type things on it and behind it the counter weight towers of the Steele Bridge.

In my college days I worked a couple of summers as a drawbridge tender, raising and lowering the bridge. The ones I worked on were much smaller and obscure little railroad bridges but spending all that time on the bridges and in the rail yard may have something to do with my love of industrial sites, from an aesthetic perspective.

3 thoughts on “Burnside Bridge and Steele Bridge – oil”

  1. Nice painting bill. You give such life to constructions, structures and to me, that is waht art is – not to paint something beautiful, but to express it beautifully.


  2. This is really beautiful. I love what you have done with the water and bridge reflection.
    I’m watching carefully as I’m moving into oils now.


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