From Ear worm to Inspiring Architecture Painting

Lean on Me - ©2016 - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm

Ever get an earworm?

I’m convinced most come from some subconscious association. Like this week’s painting, when I was looking at  2 of my favourite London buildings.

I often play with angles when I’m taking my reference photographs, and, in this one, the buildings seem to lean on each other. When I noticed the Cheesegrater supporting the Gherkin.

I was reminded of this Bill Withers song.

“Lean on Me, when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.”
It’s a beautiful lyric, and one that often comes to my mind in tough situations. In fact the whole song is an anthem to the concept of mutual support.
Since then I haven’t been able to think of a title I like more.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Lean on Me Work in progress - Pencil sketch - 50 x 40 cm 600
©2016 – Cathy Read – Lean on Me – Work in progress

Some details during the paintings stages.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Lean on Me - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm detail 1
©2016 – Cathy Read – Lean on Me Work in Progress – Watercolour and Acrylic – 50 x 40 cm detail
©2016 - Cathy Read - Lean on Me - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm masking removal
©2016 – Cathy Read – Lean on Me – Watercolour and Acrylic – 50 x 40 cm masking removal

Here, the painting is complete and it’s ready to have all the masking fluid removed.

©2016 - Cathy Read - Lean on Me Work in progress - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm
©2016 – Cathy Read – Lean on Me Work in progress – Watercolour and Acrylic – 50 x 40 cm

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And the Inspiring Architecture Painting

that resulted from that earworm looks like this…

©2016 - Cathy Read - Lean on Me - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm
©2016 – Cathy Read – Lean on Me – Watercolour and Acrylic – 50 x 40 cm

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