Cathy Read Art – Paintings of Iconic Architecture

How do you create this…

©2015 - Cathy Read - Catching a tram from the Library - Watercolour and Acrylic -55 x 75 cm
©2015 – Cathy Read – Stopping at Central Library – Watercolour and Acrylic -55 x 75 cm

Using these?

©2015 - Cathy Read -Tools of the trade - Digital image
©2015 – Cathy Read -Tools of the trade – Digital image

When Cathy brings out the salt, cling film and straws you would be forgiven for thinking you were watching a cooking demonstration.

So how does Cathy cook up a painting?

First she goes on a photo shoot which could take her anywhere. Often drawn to the iconic architecture of cities like London and Manchester.

Back in the studio she selects an image from the resulting photographs. From this she creates a sketch. Then, using a tool called a ruling pen, she draws over all the lines with masking fluid. At this stage is looks messy but when it’s dry, the real fun starts.

©2014 - Cathy Read - Work in Progress - Removing maskingWatercolour paint and acrylic inks are used to transform the geometric drawing with colour and texture. Further colour is drizzled on in the form of acrylic inks.

After adding a sprinkle of salt and wrapping it in cling film, the paint is left overnight to marinate. Then the final touches are added using more ink and straws. She blows the ink gently to release fluid tendrils about the page.

Once dry the painting undergoes a final magical transformation as the masking is removed.

Et Voila!

Iconic architecture ©2015 - Cathy Read - Battersea Reborn- Watercolour and Acrylic - 55 x 75 cm
©2015 – Cathy Read – Battersea Reborn- Watercolour and Acrylic – 55 x 75 cm

Cathy’s creations often use iconic architecture

Like the use of Battersea Power Station in Battersea Reborn, above. Her paintings appeal to unique and diverse individuals which can even bridge a taste difference between couples. A “Cathy Read” painting transforms your home by creating a focal point that continues to fascinate and intrigue for years to come. These stunning works of art create a space for all to enjoy.

Originally a qualified Occupational Therapist, Cathy started her art career in 2008. Self taught, her earlier paintings were predominantly circle based abstracts and then developed into urban landscapes fuelled by a lifelong interest in buildings. This evolution was only natural following a childhood dominated by the giant mills of the Cotton industry in the North.

Cathy’s distinctive paintings depict the geometric shapes and inherent patterns of architecture in a free, expressive style and the colour keeps drawing your eyes. The inspiration for the paintings that your eyes feast upon comes from time spent in London and other major cities, such as Manchester and Oxford.

Cathy S R Read
Cathy S R Read with her work at the 153rd Exhibition of the Society of Women Artists

Cathy’s artwork is shown around the UK and Europe, and further afield, such as Canada. Commissioned by Oxford University Press her work illustrates the 2016 Oxford Almanack. Cathy S R Read is a member of the Society of Women Artists exhibiting with them and the Royal Watercolour Society in London. In 2015, she won the Barbara Tate Memorial Award by the SWA.