London Eye at Night

©2015 - Cathy Read -London Eye painting detail 1 - Watercolour and Acrylic - 75 x 56 cm 600

The London Eye at night has captured public imagination. It’s dominant, impressive and overshadows everything around it. Plus, it looks pretty. Near the London Eye is a statue. It too is impressive, but not on the scale of the London Eye but what it represents is arguably more impressive.

It’s a memorial sculpture for the International Brigade. Created by Ian Walters in bronze, it recognises those who fought in the Spanish Civil War. A powerful image of four figures supporting a fifth wounded figure. As you stand next to it at night and look towards the Thames, the London Eye towers over it like a halo. It inspired my composition choice for the painting.

Here is the first stage with the graphite image complete. The figures central to the halo created by the Eye itself.The upper figure appears to be pushing the axle of the wheel upward. An image of Atlas carrying the World sprang to mind.

©2015 - Cathy Read -Lonond Eye painting pencil detail - Watercolour and Acrylic - 75 x 56 cm 600

This is how it looked after the initial washes and ink application had been allowed to dry overnight.

©2015 - Cathy Read -London Eye painting stage 1 - Watercolour and Acrylic - 75 x 56 cm 600v
©2015 – Cathy Read -London Eye painting stage 1 – Watercolour and Acrylic – 75 x 56 cm

I then started to emphasise details with ink.

©2015 - Cathy Read -London Eye painting detail 2 - Watercolour and Acrylic - 75 x 56 cm 600
©2015 – Cathy Read -London Eye painting detail 2 – Watercolour and Acrylic – 75 x 56 cm

This is when I usually start blowing the ink around.

©2015 - Cathy Read -Lonond Eye painting detail 1 - Watercolour and Acrylic - 75 x 56 cm 600

Looking at the results form the salting I was keen to keep as much of this texture as possible.

©2015 - Cathy Read -Lonond Eye painting stage 2 - Watercolour and Acrylic - 75 x 56 cm 600

And here is the finished painting.

©2015 - Cathy Read -London Eye painting - Watercolour and Acrylic - 75 x 56 cm 600
©2015 – Cathy Read -The Weight of the Eye – Watercolour and Acrylic – 75 x 56 cm

SaveAnd there you have it. I finally settled on the name The Weight of the Eye.

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