The Toastrack – Latest Manchester Painting

©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-WIP-detail-3-Mixed-Media-30x40cm

Back to Manchester painting the Hollings building.

The Hollings building or Toast rack is a well known landmark and used to be part of the university. It’s a hard building to photograph as the angles I preferred were on the northern side, which meant they were dark. One of the reasons I love photo editing software, ah, the adjust lighting setting. So handy!

I took the usual excess of images and found this delightful bush on the north side, including chain link fence.

I always look for a strong foreground image and the bold shape of the flowers appealed.

I got a bit carried away with the creation of this one,

So the earliest work in progress image I have is the final painting stage.

©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-WIP-detail-3-Mixed-Media-30x40cm
©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-WIP-detail-3-Mixed-Media-30x40cm

I do have a few close ups of the masking being removed.

First removing the masking from the foliage.

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©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-WIP-detail-2-Mixed-Media-30x40cm

Next the masking coming off the Toast rack itself!

©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-WIP-detail-1-Mixed-Media-30x40cm
©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-WIP-detail-1-Mixed-Media-30x40cm

And finally the finished picture.

©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-Mixed-Media-30x40cm
©2016-Cathy-Read-Toastrack-Mixed-Media-30x40cm

I’m really pleased with the colours for this one. Can’t wait to see it in a frame.

Those who visited me during open studios will remember I’ve been working on a  H van for my next painting. Well it’s nearly finished… There may also be video, so watch this space!

In the meantime, regular visitors to my blog might notice some changes and that I’ve added a shop feature so you can buy my paintings and prints onlineFind out more button

I’m still adding things to the shop, so let me know if you’re looking for anything and can’t find it. Also, if you have any issues or queries about anything on there, there’s a chat feature which I’m looking forward to using.

Bye for now,

 

Cathy Read

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