Painting colour into Manchester Central Library

©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - watecolour and acrylic ink - WIP3

To some, painting colour and Manchester don’t combine.

They see Manchester as a grey and wet place and, like most English cities, it can be. Graphite images reflect that perception.

©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - graphite image
©2017 – Cathy Read – Manchester Central Library – graphite image

But if you look carefully you’ll find colour, even on dull days.

Recently I’ve been taking risks with painting colours.

With inks that can get a bit extreme. Like the moment I added magenta to this painting of Manchester Central Library. Here’s the masked image before all dull and tame.

©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - graphite image being masked
©2017 – Cathy Read – Manchester Central Library – graphite image being masked

Then I added the magenta along with a few other colours.

©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - watecolour and acrylic ink - WIP2
©2017 – Cathy Read – Manchester Central Library – watecolour and acrylic ink – WIP2

Painting colours can seem extremely bright,

when first applied. Especially when viewed next to white paper. But, they don’t stay that way though.

Colours darken as they dry.

They tone down when you add other colours either next to them or to balance them out.

They also mix with existing colours and spread around with the water on the page.

So what seemed like scary bright can be pulled back, but not too much.

©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - watecolour and acrylic ink - WIP detail 2
©2017 – Cathy Read – Manchester Central Library – watecolour and acrylic ink – WIP detail 2
©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - watecolour and acrylic ink - WIP detail
©2017 – Cathy Read – Manchester Central Library – watecolour and acrylic ink – WIP detail

With my paintings the removal of the masking fluid helps to bring balance and some of the paint is lost in the process.

©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - watecolour and acrylic ink - WIP3
©2017 – Cathy Read – Manchester Central Library – watecolour and acrylic ink – WIP3

So a painting with colours that began like this one above

Ends up like this…

©2017 - Cathy Read - Manchester Central Library - watecolour and acrylic ink
©2017 – Cathy Read – Manchester Central Library – watecolour and acrylic ink

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