Painting Manchester – Revisiting old haunts.

Ever revisit a place and realise you’ve changed?

It’s a surreal moment, you remember how you were, and that person is still in you. But you’ve learnt and grown from experiences since you left.

The artist’s journey can be like that.

You create a piece of art, and at the time it feels complete. Then over time you find you are less and less satisfied with the result. Sometimes you have to accept what’s passed, and other times you need to revisit.

For this reason I decided to revisit one of my old Manchester paintings and see how it would turn out if I recreated it today.

©2011- Cathy Read-Decades Apart-50x40cm- Mixed Media
©2011- Cathy Read-Decades Apart-50x40cm- Mixed Media – £450 framed

I created Decades Apart in 2011.

I was happy with it, one of my earliest architectural pieces. I went and found the original photograph and set to work. Here is the new piece after painting but still masked.

©2015 - Cathy Read - Decades Apart revisited WIP- Watercolour and Acrylic -40x50 cm 600
©2015 – Cathy Read – Decades Apart revisited WIP- Watercolour and Acrylic -40×50 cm 600

And a close up…

©2015 - Cathy Read - Decades Apart revisited WIP- Watercolour and Acrylic  -40x50 cm detail 600
©2015 – Cathy Read – Decades Apart revisited WIP- Watercolour and Acrylic -40×50 cm detail 600

I really love how the clock worked.

At this stage I thought about placing them next to each other…

©2015 - Cathy Read - Decades Apart revisited WIP- Watercolour and Acrylic  -40x50 cm comparison
©2015 – Cathy Read – Decades Apart revisited WIP- Watercolour and Acrylic -40×50 cm comparison

Just to see, you understand. They are certainly very different. Prefer the newer one, although the original has a certain naive charm.

Here’s the finished painting…

©2015 - Cathy Read - Decades apart (revisited) - Watercolour and Acrylic  - 50 x 40cm
©2015 – Cathy Read – Decades apart (revisited) – Watercolour and Acrylic – 50 x 40cm – £450 framed

 

Think it worked, don’t you?

It’s been a fascinating exercise, I wonder how much my style will have changed in another 4 years time?

Maybe I should do it again, then? What do you reckon?

 

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2 Replies to “Painting Manchester – Revisiting old haunts.”

    1. Thanks Sue. It was lots of fun and a fascinating exercise.

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