New Art for a new Academic Year

©2017 - Cathy Read -Painting of the London Eye- 91x61 cm - Acrylic on paper on board

Does September make you feel like new beginnings?

There’s a feeling of new beginnings. Maybe it’s because I still have children at school or past memories of starting a new school term in September, but things always seem to change around now.

This year even more so.

A number of exciting developments happened recently.

  1. A new commercial commission which requires me to go to Hanover. Details to follow.
  2. I got to tour Battersea Power Station, and take lots of photos, so expect some new work from that.

    ©2017 - Cathy Read -Battersea Power Station Tour- Digital Image
    ©2017 – Cathy Read -Battersea Power Station Tour- Digital Image
  3. I’ve been negotiating and finalising details of various exhibitions, including a Charity Ball in Manchester, a Corporate event in London and another Solo exhibition in October next year.

After all that, studio time has been extremely precious lately.

I’ve been challenged to create paintings that can be displayed without being glazed. I had 2 options, one paper stuck onto board and the other board treated with watercolour ground. I’ve finished the two paintings which were intended for the Frosts Exhibition.

Here’s the London Eye Painting.

(paper stuck to board)

©2017 - Cathy Read - London Eye- 91x61 cm - Acrylic on paper on board
©2017 – Cathy Read – London Eye- 91×61 cm – Acrylic on paper on board

The second picture is of the Barbican’s Conservatory.

(plywood treated with watercolour ground)

©2017 - Cathy Read - Barbican Conservatory - Acrylic on Pywood - 91.5 x 61 cm
©2017 – Cathy Read – Barbican Conservatory – Acrylic on Pywood – 91.5 x 61 cm

Initially, I wasn’t happy with the dark area at the top.

The paint just went flat as the ground doesn’t absorb the paint as well. I played around until I was happy.

Fortunately Office Art MK agree with me

The paper one works better, so I won’t have to use watercolour ground anymore. Yippee!

The London Eye painting is at the Frosts Exhibition until 24th September.

FROSTS EXHIBITION Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes

Check it out if you’re in the area.

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