Painting the Haymarket I love iconic architecture, but some places are iconic in different ways. The Gherkin, Lloyds and the Shard are buildings that are distinctive in shape. They are relatively simple and easy to find a “classic view” and show the whole of the architecture. Somewhere like London’s Haymarket demands a different approach. When painting the Haymarket, I struggled because There’s no single classic view! With so much to choose from, where do you start? Where do you stand? Which buildings do you include? Which buildings should you omit? What’s the centre of attention, out of the many interesting details? The expression “Like a kid in a Sweetie Shop” comes to mind. My final choice included Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Theatre Royal. This is the complete view as a Work in Progress I found details such as the theatre signs gave me scope to experiment. So I did. Love the look of the ink trail over the base layer. Somewhere like the Haymarket needs to be busy to really give a sense of the place, I take a few photos of a scene and my choice depends on where the people and cars are. I like to leave […]
What should Contemporary Painting focus on? Have you ever wondered what Contemporary art is? Abstracts? Surreal Portraits? Contemporary Architecture? Most of mine focus on the latter, but what about historic buildings and features? Do they still count? I often wonder, especially if I have a subject that could have been painted 100 years ago. Truth is, there’s no rule that says contemporary painting should be of a certain subject matter. Tate modern’s website adds a note on quality “The term contemporary art is loosely used to refer to art of the present day and of the relatively recent past, of an innovatory or avant-garde nature.” Personally, I like the addition of innovation. Artists who create new ideas and styles are exciting. If you see lots of similar work, or copies of these original ideas it can become dull. Being drawn to contemporary subjects, I find contemporary art exiting. I love antiques but contemporary works are the antiques of the future. That’s not to say all contemporary painting is good. Far from it, all genres have good and bad within them, but, like with music, there will be some art that transcends the genre and is appreciated by all. Art created […]
Contemporary Art Fairs are a great way to see art Whatever stage you’re at from the complete novice to art expert they are an effective way to immerse yourself in a vast array of different styles and abilities. From Graduate artwork, to established artists. From the daring to the traditional, there is enough variety to suit most tastes. Different Art Fairs attract different groups of art enthusiast, depending on their focus. Some specialise in galleries and others in individual artists, Depending on their selection criteria, styles can vary from the traditionalist to the more avant guarde and outright shocking. Whatever your level of interest there is always something to spark off conversations. Recently I went to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. The Fair is well established and features a wide variety of galleries from the local, who could have carried their paintings to the fair, to galleries from west and east coast America, Japan and the Far East. Ithought I’d share some tips on how I made the most of my visit. 1. Take a notebook and pen with you. The first thing that strikes you is there’s a lot of art! When you first walk in it’s overwhelming […]
Tour London through Contemporary Art Hi! I’m Cathy Read, a professional contemporary artist who draws with masking fluid to create art like this. You’ve heard of virtual tours, I’m sure. well, I’m going to give you An Abstract Tour of the City of London! Or rather an Abstract, virtual Tour of London. Confused? Well, here’s how it works. You sign up for the tour and over the following 30 days I will send you a email featuring one of my paintings with a story or reflection attached. Quite simple really. Join me on a virtual tour of London as we explore the city using 30 paintings inspired by its streets and architecture? This is for you if you: – love art love London Love contemporary art Want to hear the stories behind paintings and not just look at the paintings Want to see an artists perspective on the everyday and iconic I’ve selected 30 of my paintings inspired by London and its architecture to create this Virtual Tour. Over 30 days I will reveal these to you in a daily email. During the tour you will see my view of the city, created in watercolour and ink. I’ll also be […]
Finally I can reveal my latest canvas! It’s taken a little longer than planned but I’ve finally finished the work in progress I started last week. After a hectic but thoroughly enjoyable weekend followed by far too much paperwork I’ve been able to finish a painting! I’m still working on the title so as yet it’s “untitled number whatever I’m up to now”. Although as I write this I’ve a strong urge to call it “The eyes have it” Those circles are the lights but they’re looking distinctly eye like to me and more than a little bit creepy. Do you see what I mean? It’s purely coincidence mind you. I was keen to take it more abstract for this one. Now, what shall I call it?
As promised here is the finished Lloyds of London Painting. I’m still in holiday mode. TRANSLATION: My mind is drawing a blank on titles. So I’ll stick with the obvious… For now. Presenting my final painting for 2012… The Lloyds building. Also known as the “Inside Out” building. And my final words for 2012.. Wishing you Happy New Year’s celebrations and an amazing 2013! See you in January!