It’s not my first painting ever, but it is my first oil painting. Unfortunately I didn’t know you needed to prime the canvas so it doesn’t have longevity. It took me about 3 weeks. It’s based off of a photograph during my last visit to Manchester the year before the lockdowns. I was riding on the top level of the Stagecoach and was taking a ton of pictures. The photo is wide and I, for some reason, chose to paint with the canvas length-wise, and nothing is to scale, there’s a bunch of features and architect missing. What I was really mainly trying to capture is the colours and hustle bustle, that is such a contrast to Winnipeg. It came out better than I expected but not as good as I trying to get it. I do like how the buildings are warped. There was a book I used to have that had warped buildings and thought it was kind of a cool way to disguise an inability to draw/paint straight lines. The amount architectural details in the photo overwhelmed me and my eyes were lost as to where things were supposed to go. So it’s really an impressionistic, inspired painting of Oxford street. This was an ambitious idea from the start. Since this painting, I’ve found it’s the medium I enjoy the most without feeling I have to force myself to do, and I have done a few others. Painting by H. Cox, myself.