St Paul’s at Night – Stop Motion Painting in progress

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After filming, I fell in love with Stop Motion Painting recording.

One of the most exciting pieces of film from the Landscape Artist of the Year filming last June was seeing the stop motion film they took of me on the day. I love the way you can magically see everything fall into place. As a result, I’m trying to set up some recording in the studio as a routine.

Painting inspiration is a curious thing.

Sometimes it can be hard to find. And others you just walk down the road and it leaps out at you. This one of St Paul’s is a case in point. I’d been out for a wonderful evening celebrating at Sadler’s Hall – my husband receiveda long service award last June. The night had been foul, when we arrived. I met him at the nearest underground. Sheltering from heavy rain in the station, I watched as water poured down the steps. When he arrived we ran to the venue and were soaking. We dried off, enjoying the evening immensely and  forgot about the weather.

Leaving the hall after the dinner, we were reminded again and were prepared for another soaking.

Fortunately the rain had stopped, it was still very wet underfoot but warm enough to feel refreshing.

Night was falling and the lights reflected of the wet road. Seeing St Paul’s lit up, I had to take a picture, with the traffic moving so much the cars were a blur.

I loved the sense of movement so kept them in.

The masking stage is difficult to see so I didn’t start recording until much later. Here is the piece after I’d finished masking off areas.

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©2017-Cathy-Read-St-Pauls-at-Night-work-in-progress-masking-55-x-75cm

And a few close up details

©2017 - Cathy Read - St Pauls at Night work in progress- masking detail 2 - 55 x 75cm
©2017 – Cathy Read – St Pauls at Night work in progress- masking detail 2 – 55 x 75cm

I really loved the painted bike detail

©2017 - Cathy Read - St Pauls at Night work in progress- masking detail 3 - 55 x 75cm
©2017 – Cathy Read – St Pauls at Night work in progress- masking detail 3 – 55 x 75cm
©2017 - Cathy Read - St Pauls at Night work in progress- masking detail 5 - 55 x 75cm
©2017 – Cathy Read – St Paul’s at Night work in progress- masking detail 5 – 55 x 75cm

Here’s the painting before the clean up.

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©2017-Cathy-Read-St-Pauls-at-Night-work-in-progress-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-55-x-75cm

And the finished picture

©2017-Cathy-Read-St-Pauls-at-Night-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-55-x-75cm
©2017-Cathy-Read-St-Pauls-at-Night-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-55-x-75cm

I haven’t any stills of the painting so

Finally,  the Stop Motion Painting in Progress

The edited video has no sound and I had a few technical glitches with the camera stopping unexpectedly and moving. I’m getting the hang of doing them now, though.

I think it’s fair to say I’m hooked on Stop Motion Painting.

 

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