Battersea Reflections Painting –

Finished painting of Battersea Power StationBattersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic

Transforming a blank page is the essence of art.

All of my creations begin with white paper, and Battersea Reflections painting is no different. We join the process after the image is on the paper and the masking is well underway. You can just make out the masking as the dirty yellow marks.

©2019 - Cathy Read - Battersea Reflections - Graphite and masking fluid  WIP

Mostly I work in the studio, but from time to time I will demonstrate at exhibitions and events. The creation of Battersea Reflections painting coincided with Bucks Art Weeks and I was demonstrating at Claydon Courtyard outside the Gallery. So naturally Battesea went with me. This picture was taken shortly after set up when I was about to start painting.

Picture of artist set up at Claydon Courtyard for Bucks Art Weeks 2019. Painting in progress Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP

Beginning the painting with a watercolour wash, the cling film helps me create background texture and covers the white page as quickly as possible.

Cling film covering first watercolour wash during painting of Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP

Watercolourist work from light to dark, and so do I, here you can see a close up of the inks spreading. A process which can be very fast of slow depending on water and salt balance.

Detail of Battersea Reflections painting in progress -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP

One aspect I was keen to emphasise, was the underwater lighting and the colours it caught as the water cascades over the pool edge. You can see the form emerging in the full image below.

First stage of ink painting on Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP
First stage of inking Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP

At this point it would appear I got carried away and didn’t take many more photos. Might have been due to visitors or I was just enjoying the process. Ignore the top right photo in this image, thats for another piece which I’ll be sharing at a later date.

Here the last of the painting is done, and I think I’ve employed every colour there is and my skylight is casting strange shadows. It looks like the picture is floating in mid air.

Completed painting phase of Battersea Reflections - ©2019 - Cathy Read-Watercolour and Acrylic
Battersea Reflections – ©2019 – Cathy Read-Watercolour and Acrylic

Onto the final, and quite possibly the best bit. Removing the masking fluid. Peeling it off to reveal the white paper underneath is the point when the whole image seems to come into focus. You might have spotted I was back at Claydon.

Masking removal Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP
Masking removal Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic WIP

And here’s the finished Battersea Reflections painting

Finished painting of Battersea Power StationBattersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read -Watercolour and Acrylic
Battersea Reflections -©2019- Cathy Read – Watercolour and Acrylic 50 x 40 cm
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