London Oil Paintings

Paintings of London by Roy Connelly

Paul Bakery on the Kings Road

Patisserie Kings Road 500Patisserie, Kings Road.

This plein air painting of the popular Paul Bakery on the King’s Road in Chelsea is now available to buy from my exhibition at Island Fine Arts. The show is on until 29th March 2014.

Island Fine Arts
53 High St, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5SE
Tel: 01983-875133 | Email: gallery@islandfinearts.com – See more at: http://www.royconnelly.com/blog#sthash.Jbe0AX5h.dpuf

Northumberland Avenue

31.5 x 23.5 inches. Oil on Canvas.

I have wanted to paint this view for several years and yesterday – I did.  Last week, I painted a small study of this view along Northumberland Avenue and then went back with a large canvas and managed to get it down in one hit, en plein air, yesterday evening.

Royal Wedding Fever

Union Flags in The Mall for the Royal Wedding

On the eve of the Royal Wedding I was in London delivering paintings to the
W H Patterson gallery in Mayfair.  Afterwards I went down to The Mall and painted some of the flags that line the route. Painting in the street always draws onlookers and I am quite used to being photographed while I work.  As I was painting this picture I was filmed by BBC TV and interviewed by BBC Radio.

Three of my paintings recording the wedding celebrations in London are available from W H Patterson, 19 Albermarle Street, London, W1S 4BB. Telephone: 020 7629 4119

above: Window display – paintings by Roy Connelly, Peter van Breda and others.

Royal Wedding Flags

Regent Street hung with Union Flags for the Royal Wedding - oil painting by Roy Connelly

Yesterday I painted Regent Street which has been hung with 200 Union Flags to celebrate the Royal Wedding.  I spent several hours standing on a traffic island and was photographed by several news agency photographers who were out looking for some pre-wedding colour.

Oil on board, 10 x 12inches (25 x 30cm)

Painters at Richmond


Spot the artists – John Dobbs (left distance) and Ken Howard RA

The more successful plein air painters I know tend to be solitary figures but in the last couple of weeks several of us seem to have chosen the same stretch of the Thames to work on.  This week I was painting at Richmond and fellow painters Ken Howard RA and John Dobbs were there too (photo above).  Earlier, I was painting at one end of Strand on the Green and Pete the Street (Peter Brown NEAC) was painting at the other.  There must be something about the winter light on the River Thames that we find compelling.

Find out more about the painters in this article:

Peter Brown Roy Connelly John Dobbs Ken Howard

London Seen

The picture above is one of several oil paintings of London I will be exhibiting at Llewellyn Alexander.

The show will feature familiar and unusual scenes of London by this group of 9 well-established artists: Dianne Branscombe, Roy Connelly, Lisa Graa Jensen, Mark Harrison, Terry McKivragan, Liam O’Farrell, Nancy Petley-Jones, Nadia Tsakova and Robert E Wells. Oils & Watercolours.

10 January – 10 February 2011

Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) Ltd

Gallery Open 10am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday:
124 -126 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LN
(Opposite the Old Vic Theatre)
Tel: 0207 620 1322/1324

Watching the River

Oil Painting by Roy Connelly

Watching the River, oil on board, which was exhibited in the London Lives painting competition at Bankside Gallery is now for sale available from Island Fine Arts.

Tite Street Studio

Back in August, I spent a morning painting in the upstairs studio of the former home of John Singer Sargent in Tite Street, Chelsea. It was thanks to the kindness of artist Julian Barrow, the current owner, that we were allowed to paint in this remarkable historic setting. Other well known painters to have used these studios include James McNeill Whistler, Augustus John and Norman Hepple.

In this room in 1994 Diana Princess of Wales was painted by American artist Nelson Shanks.  Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was also painted here.  I was joined by a couple of friends, Paul Rafferty and Karl Terry, and we tried not to get paint on the furniture!  (Julian – if you are reading this – don’t worry, we didn’t)

London Oil Paintings website relaunched

Since 2008, LondonOilPainings.com has been the place to find original oil paintings of London.  The site now has a brand new look and I hope you will enjoy looking through my collection of plein air scenes of London.